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More impressions on the PS Home Beta

I was finally able to finish downloading the other areas and walk around a bit. There’s quite a number of other areas to explore such as the mall, bowling alley, movie theater and of course the central area.

What I couldn’t figure out was that if Sony intended these to be default areas, then why not have included it in the original download in the first place. The areas can only be downloaded within Home and not through PSN. You can download the areas in background and still chat and walk around the area and interact with your surroundings but not much else. You can only dance so much alone in your house while waiting for the download to finish.

I’m hoping that these could be downloaded in the background and you can quit Home and go play something else instead of just leaving it on, sucking up power (yes, the PS3 is technically the most power hungry console among the 3) play another game and then log back in once PSN tells you that the download has been completed.

These aren’t the bugs yet, just the inconveniences. All the participants lack definition from afar. Meaning you won’t know who it is until you get pretty close. It’s very hard to notice if someone is trying to get your attention. Not to mention that everyone is wearing jeans and a t shirt doesn’t help telling people apart. It’s most probably my internet connection. But not everyone in the world has fiber running to their house at break neck speeds. Home needs a lot more background downloading. At this point it’s going to be another Second Life.

It’s still very early but it holds a lot of promise. If this were to become the new interface for the Playstation, Sony is on to something and could be one step closer to creating a totally a very unique gaming experience.

I would like the opportunity to launch games directly from Home.
I would like to invite my friends on Home to play online with me in games such as Little Big Planet.
I want my friends to visit my pad and see my stuff.
I want all my gaming trophies on display for my friends to be jealous of.
I want be able to buy stuff from the PSN store from Home and use in home.

The possibilities are endless. Sony is really on to something here. It may be have been a slow start for Sony in this generation but it’s definitely not out yet.

I’ll post the bugs when I see them and play a little longer.

PlayStation Home Beta: Initial Impressions

PlayStation.com – PlayStation®Network – Home

My camera phone does little justice to the images conjured up by the Playstation Home Beta. I was surprised to find my email inbox last weekend had an invite to participate. Much similar to the Little Big Planet beta, just enter the code in your PSN account management and the file will be added to your list of downloads.

After downloading, I installed the program and asked me to log-in. I was pretty sure that it wasn’t my connection, but I couldn’t get past the EULA the whole weekend. I tried again today and I was finally able to get in, make my character and learn how to move around.

Character creation is still limited. There is some slowdown when you get to configuring your hair since all of this information is still being downloaded into the console as you go along. Again, you’re waiting for things to load if your internet connection isn’t running that fast. It’s no Mii creator nor an avatar creator but it works more like Oblivion or Fallout 3.

Shortly after figuring out how to communicated and navigate through playstation home, you will be asked to go to the Central area where the rest of the players are. But then it asked me to download the area which is approximately 35MB. So then I sat. Sat. Sat. Sat. Danced. Danced. Danced. Alone in my room with a view. I hate waiting.

For a measely 35 MB it should’ve come with the initial download. I hate waiting especially when I was already awed by the graphics and the view and way to interact. In fact, all of the default external areas should be included in the initial download.

I predict the stacks method of locations will prove to be a problem as more and more content gets developed for Home. Its linear method of navigation isn’t as intuitive as the way you will navigate through a map instead. Why not make it in Little Big Planet style?

As of right now I’m still downloading my 35MB patch and will get to writing more about it when I get back from work.