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Sony cancels PlayStation Room

Sony cancels PlayStation Room

Sony has decided to cancel PlayStation Room - a Home-like service for the PSP and PSPGo.

Following a Japanese beta, Sony has decided to cancel on plans to bring the PlayStation Room social network - basically PlayStation Home but for the PSP range - to market.

No specific reason is given for the cancellation, but a short press release from Sony confirms that Room has been utterly cancelled following the Japanese beta and user feedback will be used to improve existing services instead.

Announced back in 2009, the PlayStation Room was essentially a scaled down social network similar to the PlayStation 3's Home. Immediate reactions to the proposal back then were loaded with scepticism, which wasn't helped by the fact that Sony's Western offices never made any mention of the service - only Sony Japan ever talked about it.

If successful, Room would have been a 3D world where avatars could interact, write blogs and share images. It was to be a free service supported by premium customisation content - which is a fancy way of saying that you could buy different hats for your avatar.

Sony's record with such networks has been a bit patchy at best though, with even PlayStation Home having gone through numerous delays and problems before finally launching into open beta in 2008.

Microsoft has taken the chance to goad Sony about the delays too, claiming that it too considered a similar project at one point but eventually abandoned it as the concept was outdated and too big to handle.

Sony meanwhile admits that it probably announced Home far too early, but let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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do_it_anyway 16th April 2010, 10:54 Quote
I tried Home on the playstation3 for about 3 minutes and decided it was pointless. I can see the thought behind it but can't see it becoming anything that I will use.
The PSP is not a multiplayer console in anything like the way that the PS3 is, and having to be connected to the internet all the time, coupled with the huge amount of storage needed (on the PS3 at least) means I think the whole is pointless.
lacuna 16th April 2010, 11:14 Quote
Playstation Home would be far more entertaining if you could buy guns
xaser04 16th April 2010, 12:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Playstation Home would be far more entertaining if you could buy guns

I am glad I am not the only person who thought this.

Right after starting in the apartment I thought this would be a perect sniping point...... The engine seems quite good as well, its just a shame home is anything but.
ssj12 16th April 2010, 17:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
Playstation Home would be far more entertaining if you could buy guns

there is a game in PlayStation Home called Sodium One that allows you to pilot a mech and destroy other mechs in vehicle combat. There has also been quite a few new spaces added with shooting games and other types of games. Home of the past was way worse then whats available now.
Eggy 16th April 2010, 21:04 Quote
PS Home is very successful for Sony, apparently there are plenty of people paying for crap to put on their avatars or in their apartments. It probably doesn't work that well on a mobile platform that is hacked beyond repair.
Pieface 17th April 2010, 00:08 Quote
Don't see the point of Home. I'd rather chat with people who share general interests/game's which I can do, by playing those games. Home seems to be for the socially inept who can't go out and speak to anybody at all.
Eggy 17th April 2010, 09:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pieface
Don't see the point of Home. I'd rather chat with people who share general interests/game's which I can do, by playing those games. Home seems to be for the socially inept who can't go out and speak to anybody at all.
It has nothing to do with people being socially inept. Plenty of people put their entire lives online, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, etc. You can't tell me all these people are socially inept. It;s just another platform to interact on.
talladega 17th April 2010, 16:02 Quote
YAY!!!! I wish they canceled it on PS3 too.



and no, it's not being socially inept. it's called social retardation.

i cant stand some people at school sitting in the cafeteria at lunch playing with their stupid ipods talking about their wifi connection strength and each others facebook pages the whole time. :(

they are in the other class for my course luckily. now me and the guys from my guys dont sit with them anymore.
l3v1ck 17th April 2010, 16:44 Quote
Intel will still need to provide USB ports (although they could stick to USB2) for years if not decades. Do they expect me to replace my USB keyboard and mouse next time I build a PC? Because I won't. Hell, I still know plenty of people using PS2 connections for those.
Pieface 17th April 2010, 19:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Intel will still need to provide USB ports (although they could stick to USB2) for years if not decades. Do they expect me to replace my USB keyboard and mouse next time I build a PC? Because I won't. Hell, I still know plenty of people using PS2 connections for those.

wut
Skiddywinks 18th April 2010, 21:28 Quote
Confused with LightPeak maybe?
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