Rumor: Sony to Invite Third-party Developers in PlayStation Home

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278w ago - Although only a rumor thus far, Telegraph speculates that Sony may eventually and legitimately open up the PlayStation Home platform to third-party developers in order to build and create extra features.

It is rumored that having an official area for hacks and teaks may prevent damaging hacking attempts.

To quote: Developers have found a way to exploit vulnerabilities within the software's code to allow them to customize their PlayStation Home experience beyond the options provided by Sony.

PlayStation Home, a Second Life-like virtual world that providea PS3 users with a three-dimensional social gaming space in which to interact and communicate with other players, was launched on Dec 11.

One hack uses a combination of the Apache web server and DNS re-direction to allow users of PlayStation Home to watch their own movies on display screens within the game, and change text and music to whatever they choose.

A second hack enables players to download any file they want from PlayStation Home's servers, such as a fellow user's profile or avatar, the cartoon-like representation of themselves they create to appear in the virtual world.

But the most worrying...
 

Rant: Why all the Sony PlayStation 3 Console Hate Recently?

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278w ago - If there's one thing I've noticed this past couple of weeks, it's the increased amount of disdain for Sony's PlayStation 3.

It's almost as if the whole industry has something against Sony for winning the last two generations. First Time Magazine, then Alleyinsider and now Kotaku. There's a name for this and it's called media sabotage.

Who would have thought that after the NPD results were posted that sites like Kotaku would start kicking Sony while their down? Sony isn't down though. Their performing well considering the cost of the system. Of course many wouldn't know this if they took some time to read some of the headlines on N4FB (News 4 Fanboys), Alleyinsider or Time Magazine.

Since when is Time magazine experts on video games? Isn't that our territory? Time Magazine made a huge mistake in a story they wrote about Home last week. They quoted the PS3 as having sold only 200,000 units in the US.

Starting today, owners of the pricey PlayStation 3 – there are nearly 17 million of them worldwide, a scant 200,000 of whom live in the U.S. – can download the software for free via Sony's PlayStation Network

How is it that such a respected magazine as Time, messes up so hard on the numbers? I was happy to see that Gamezine.co.uk...
 

LittleBigPlanet Unveils 'Level Packs' at PlayStation Store Thursday

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278w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared the following news via PS Blog today:

First we introduced an array of costumes for Sackboy, now the PlayStation Store is pleased to introduce exciting new LBP 'Level Packs' to fill your Pop-it with more themed creative items.

Our level packs are filled with several new items including new costumes, cool objects, decorative items and numerous stickers all for you to enjoy creating new levels - all for just $2.99.

Check the store this Thursday and get your hands on our first one: Festive Level Pack (includes):

• Two new Costumes - Christmas Tree headpiece and a Wrapped Sackboy.
• One new Create Material = Wrapping Paper (cardboard w/ giftwrap texture).
• Two new Objects = A Festive Sleigh and holiday themed light.
• Six new Decorations = A Festive Bauble, Bell, Wrapping Bow, Candy Cane, Card and Stocking.
• A ton of new Stickers = holiday themed of course, including a Red Nose Reindeer, Elves, Turkey images and many more... and a partridge in a pear tree (j/k)

This is just the first Level Pack – but with the holidays only around for a few more weeks, the Festive Level Pack is only available for a limited time...
 

PlayStation Home Patch Arrives Thursday, Fixes Connection Issues

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278w ago - Last week Sony's PlayStation Home experienced both Tech Issues and Network Errors.

Today, those still experiencing issues accessing PlayStation Home will be pleased to hear that a patch designed to remedy them will be available this Thursday per SCEE Community Manager TedTheDog.

To quote: We'll be patching Home this Thursday and part of this change will be the first step in tackling the connection issues that you'll know as C-931 errors.

Its just a first step and we'll bring you more information this later this week.
 

PlayStation Home to Continue on Future Sony Platforms

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278w ago - Sony has suggested that it's recently released PlayStation Home will be present on future platforms, although right now the team is just focused on making the service as good as possible.

To quote: In an interview with CVG, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) Home service manager Dan Hill answers that question, stating that Home's potential is almost limitless and Sony sees it having a very long life.

"Home is a brand-new service and no-one else is doing anything of this scale or ambition," said Hill. "Its potential is almost limitless in terms of where it could go. We see it as having a very long and fruitful life."

As for immediate cross-platform plans and making the service available on the PSP, Hill left that prospect open to speculation, though hinted it is something the company is looking into.

"We're looking at possible future directions for the service, but at the moment we're focusing on making Home as good as it can be, and getting content, activities and spaces into the service that are genuinely going to add something to the PlayStation experience, and make it a very special place for our community."
 







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