It’s been nearly two years, but the time is coming, friends. The folks at the Playstation blog announced that starting tomorrow Sony would be rolling out Home to everyone in an open Beta. Director of Playstation Home Jack Buser encourages those who haven’t been privy to Home to snuggle up to the veterans to get tips on how to navigate through Home. Or you could just watch the tutorials they have, which I’m bound to do even though I oppose these avatar creatures everyone is hyped on.
That’s right, I finally got a PS3 and it’s surprisingly comfortable. Kind of like coming home as they say. I was one of those crazy kids who got a PS2 on launch day many years ago. So, yeah, don’t be accusing me of being an Xbox fanboy any longer. It’s kind of funny because I wired in my PS3 to update the firmware not remembering that it had built-in Wi-Fi. Then I went to the Playstation home page to check out accessories and find a Wi-Fi dongle and immediately cursed Sony for not having one. It dawned on me mid-curse that the PS3 had built-in Wi-Fi. Awesome. So, PS3 fanboys sound off in comments and let me know of any cool things I should be aware of. Tips and tricks, basically. Thanks in advance.
Anyway, there are going to be wild parties, tournaments and assorted events constantly going on in Home, so check out the Forums to keep abreast of what’s happening in your virtual world.
Buser goes on to say that ‘Central Plaza’, the jumpoff or main area for Home, has been revamped based on community feedback.
First of all, the Central Plaza now features a new 4 player mini-game called “Saucer Pop,” where each player launches a flying saucer from a take-off pad and flies around popping bubbles. These bubbles contain stars that have points attached, but watch out for the bubbles with bombs which will take you out if you’re not careful. You also must keep an eye on your saucer’s fuel gauge and collect bubbles with fuel cells or else you will quickly meet a watery fate. Success is all about the high scores, so good luck out there! I’ve been playing for a while now while we’ve been developing the game, so I’m getting pretty good…for those of you that know me, prepare to pop!
Secondly, you will also see some changes to Listen@Home. Now, you’ll be able to select from a number of songs and vote on your favorites. Which ever song gets the most votes plays for everyone, so be sure to get your voice heard and get down on the dance floor.