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Speaking of events, we were shown the Events space, which has been around for a while
now, re-skinned for one of three upcoming events, which Sony promised us will be "coming shortly." The demonstration was a PSP-3000 treasure hunt, which asks Home
users (Homers?) to find eight hidden numbers, strategically placed around the Events space. These numbers are plugged into an in-Home
website and enter you into a drawing for a real
PSP-3000 (pro tip: look closely at the Loco Roco
fountain). Everyone who takes part will get a free in-Home
PSP-3000 cap (pictured below).
Two other events were mentioned, including a "design your own T-shirt" event, with the winner's design being made available for sale in the Home
shopping center. There will also be a "MotorStorm
VIP" event, with some sort of developer interaction. These events look like great fun and, if they happen regularly, could be reason enough to come back into Home
every so often.
Red Bull has recently been revealed
as the first third-party partner to have its own Home
environment. This Red Bull Air Race space was available to play with and includes a 3D plane-flying minigame. Players race through a set of rings in the fastest time possible. Times will then be placed on a universal Home
leaderboard, allowing you to see how you rank against friends. Seeing full 3D minigames like this inside Home
makes the service's potential a lot more exciting than we previously thought.
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While all of the above content was shown live, there were also some pieces of concept art on show. These were for upcoming first-party game spaces, such as the Buzz!
space which includes a multiplayer minigame called the "Buzz!
Runaround." The concept art showed a top-down view of the environment, which looks like a Buzz!
controller. Questions are pumped through from MyBuzz!
and players must stand on the correct colored button to rack up points. Everyone in the room can play the game simultaneously, which means up to 32 people can be running around this virtual Buzz!
controller. There will also be a leaderboard, much like the Red Bull Air Race game.
Concept art for the MotorStorm
space, complete with "MotorKartStorm" minigame and merchandise counter where you can buy such things as MotorStorm
branded ripped festival jeans, were also shown. Finally, the Resistance 2
space concept art was revealed. The developers will be playing on the "Twisted History" aspect of the franchise by transforming the Home
central plaza into a Chimeran-infested invasion site. There was also talk of a team-based minigame requiring people to fight back a horde of Chimera, though that wasn't shown in the concept artwork.
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That's it as far as content that was shown, but we were promised that there's more waiting in the wings from third parties; content that couldn't be talked about thanks to contracts being in various stages of completion. Partners that were confirmed include Sega, Activision, Midway, Atari, Eidos, Ubisoft, EA Sports, Diesel, and Audi.
A lot of interesting tidbits were also revealed. The Trophy room, long assumed dead, has been placed on hold. Daniel Hill did assure us that 3D Trophies would happen in the future. Speaking of Trophies, it has been confirmed that Home
will be able to read what Trophies you have and unlock content appropriately. Not only that, but Home
will also be able to dish out its own Trophies, though there is no indication of how those will work.
It's possible for future games to have this functionality built in, so that when you acquire a Trophy a message will pop up telling you what you've unlocked in Home
. There's also the potential for in-game menus, taking you straight to a game's Home
space. It seems that integrating the entire PS3 platform in this way is a large aspect of Home
There are hopes to develop further PlayStation Store integration, such as being able to download a game's demo or downloadable content simply by approaching an in-Home
advertisement. Cross-game invites are possible by pulling people through Home
, thanks to the party system, though it won't be available immediately.
Other updates, like bigger clubs, cross-Home
game launching and extended profiles, are already planned. This interesting content should start to drop immediately, with more coming fairly regularly. If that happens, Home
could definitely be a worthwhile addition to the PS3's feature list.