September 29, 2011

Sony Announces Mini-Upgrade To Playstation Home Prior to Re-Launch


Sony has already announced that they will be upgrading the Playstation 3’s streaming video interface with “Video Unlimited,” now they are also expecting some upgrades to the Playstation Home service. If you are not actually familiar with Playstation Home, then you are not alone. 

While Sony hopes that the Playstation Home can eventually compete with Facebook (News - Alert) as far as social gaming goes, it isn’t quite in the realm of competition just yet. That is why the company is planning such a big upgrade in the first place.

While there will eventually be a total re-launch, with the aim to be something people will actually want to use, Sony is doing it the right way by fixing a few things now. If the company were to wait until the re-launch was ready, Sony would run the risk of no one being around when they felt ready to hit the big stage. 

The Playstation Blog has announced that this particular upgrade will make the Playstation Home’s environment slightly different. Among the changes that are going to occur with the 1.55 version upgrade will be a better startup flow than what is currently offered.

Apparently, the update will also include several new furnishings that players can use to decorate their virtual home that serves as the jumping off point. Players will also be able to clear their Playstation Home Cache, a feature that users have been clamoring for since the original launch. 

One of the coolest new features of this particular upgrade is a changing in the way the “active camera” works on the site. Users will have a little more control over what they record and what they can edit when they are shooting video of their Playstation Home visits. The active camera will almost certainly get the most buzz of the new features, as this is the most truly social aspect of the upgrade. 

For those who are waiting out the re-launch before they decide whether they are sold on the service, the wait will be just a bit longer. The company has not announced exactly when the re-launch will occur but it is expected relatively soon.






Edited by Jennifer Russell