Home - first look

Home is also Sony's answer to Microsoft's Xbox Live Achievement Points. Rather than just giving players a numerical score and an icon to show off to friends, Home offers up a black-lit cavernous "trophy room," in which players can collect and display 3D trophies won by meeting certain in-game conditions. Only a handful of trophies can be displayed at once, but you'll be able to examine your conquests at any time and swap them out of the display cases. Or you can wander over to the room's railing, which looks out on a massive, tiered chamber - think Galactic Senate from Star Wars - and displays trophies you haven't yet won, along with trophies from games you don't yet own.

Of course, Sony's vision for Home isn't entirely user-driven. The service also looks to be built around feeding ads to the user - whether it's in the form of flapping banners or movie trailers - although the format is a pretty clever one. What's even more clever is that sponsors and game labels - like, say, EA Sports - will be able to create their own custom spaces within Home, adding minigames and canned media to the surroundings as they see fit. Sure, it's advertising, but at least it's entertaining.

Sony expects Home to launch in the fall, although the company is planning a public beta test in April, so PS3 owners might be able to get an early taste soon. Watch our news feed for further details, and in the meantime, check out our Home footage below:

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  • hardcore_gamer1990 - November 2, 2008 2:57 p.m.

    FIRST!!! taken me ages to get an article that I'm interested in AND has no comments. =D I'm really looking forward to this PS3 add-on, as it looks cool and I'll finally stop getting stick from my 360-obsessed classmates for not having an achievements type system Random question: is there news of a third-party server for Xbox 360's and PS3s to game together on stuff like COD4? I heard rumors a while back, but they haven't been confirmed...

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