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Social Platform Sony Has Renewed The PlayStation Home Trademark

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It’s probably (almost certainly) nothing, but Sony Interactive Entertainment recently renewed the trademark for PlayStation Home and, naturally, we’re all wondering what that could mean for PSVR 2.

PlayStation Home was basically Sony’s take on a virtual hub for social interaction long before the days of Rec Room and VRChat. Launched on the PS3, it allowed friends to meet up in different spaces, dress as their favorite game characters, collect items for personal rooms and visit limited-time events like one mirroring the company’s E3 booth that ran during the show.

But, while ambitious, Home failed to really capture the kind of sizable audience that Sony likely envisioned, and it was shut down around a year after the launch of the PS4 (which never got its own version of Home).

Sony renewed the trademark on April 23rd, lasting through until 2028. Of course, companies refresh trademarks for unused and long-dead products all the time as it protects them from others using the name or if they want to revisit the idea later down the line. Were this a new trademark like, say PlayStation Home VR, we might be a little more confident this was a sign the service was coming back.

When PSVR released back in 2016, there was a lot of talk about how Home could have been Sony’s answer to the growing popularity of new social VR applications. It could have also made for a great user interface for PSVR as a whole – a place to launch games or play traditional ones on a virtual screen in the comfort of your custom environment. Instead we ended up operating PSVR via the usual PS4 menu on a virtual screen floating in the darkness.

 

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The concept of PS Home was really cool and I think it’d be much more successful on the PS5. I’ve had so many late nights where my friends and I take a break from gaming and just talk on the Home Screen for an hour or two. That’s when something like PS Home would be great to have. If they brought back and added mini games (bowling/pool/mini golf/etc) and app integration (Netflix parties like the 360 had, and simply loading into multiplayer games with your friends) I could see it getting really popular.

just don’t add micro transactions because that, and load times, is probably what killed it in the first place.
 

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Ps home was cool, even though they ripped the idea off the xbox arcade! running around as your avatar during summer of arcade was a blast. A ps5 entry with psvr addition would be nice, problem is Sony is a recipe company they hardly innovate they steal other people's shit and most of the time make it better as they tailor fit it to there service
 
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PS home was cool but the kinda missed the boat now, although with PSVR2 coming it would make sense to have a replacement to VRChat.
VRChat it's almost everything PS home attempted to, but i doubt it would ever be admitted on consoles...it's just too wild, feels kinda like the old internet forums in some ways.
 
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Honestly Sony can just rerelease Dreams as Playstation Home. Simply add multiplayer. Remove PS4 support to make it more ambitious.

They can also use the dreams engine to make a Minecraft clone, aka DreamCraft.
 

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Why trademark a name which is already trademarked - "PlayStation"? No one can use the PlayStation Home name anyway.
 

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PS Home was so much fun. My favorite thing to do was headbang with a bunch of other random avatars in the theater to the Paramore video. And I don't even like Paramore, but after hearing that song so many times I now embrace my love for it.
 

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It will only be a hit if they allow custom skins (Which they won't).

That's the only thing that keeps places like VR Chat alive.
 

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I really enjoyed it at the beginning and was constantly looking and waiting for new things to explore, that tuned down a little over time, but I was still visiting home on a regular basis, as long as it lastet.

For me the biggest problem were the loading times because at that time the internet in my region was unbelievable slow. Also that they had content locked to regions wasn't really helpful. I don't know for sure if it just where certain events or if it was the last few weeks before they shut it down, but all of a sudden there where a lot of really great avatars and outfits running all over the place, and man those Japanese characters looked really great

Buyed a lot of unnecessary stuff, would be real great if that somehow still was connected to my psn-account
 
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With the SSD, and possibly VR, I could see this working out well. Load times were the only thing that sucked on the OG Home. It was still fun running around and checking out the new activities and environments.

Also a very good looking game, considering it was free.
 
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PlayStation Home has without a doubt the best character creator I’ve ever used. You could tweak so many variables for your face. It even had advanced options so you could add asymmetrical details like a crooked nose or uneven ear heights.

I made the ugliest freak of nature you ever saw. Just hideous. My favorite thing to do was to use an attractive female avatar, wait for the guys to swarm me like flies on shit, then swap to my ugly dude and start gyrating. Then chase them down as they ran in horror.
 

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I would love a new PS Home but how can we trust Sony not to foreclose
 
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It’s probably (almost certainly) nothing, but Sony Interactive Entertainment recently renewed the trademark for PlayStation Home and, naturally, we’re all wondering what that could mean for PSVR 2.

PlayStation Home was basically Sony’s take on a virtual hub for social interaction long before the days of Rec Room and VRChat. Launched on the PS3, it allowed friends to meet up in different spaces, dress as their favorite game characters, collect items for personal rooms and visit limited-time events like one mirroring the company’s E3 booth that ran during the show.

But, while ambitious, Home failed to really capture the kind of sizable audience that Sony likely envisioned, and it was shut down around a year after the launch of the PS4 (which never got its own version of Home).

Sony renewed the trademark on April 23rd, lasting through until 2028. Of course, companies refresh trademarks for unused and long-dead products all the time as it protects them from others using the name or if they want to revisit the idea later down the line. Were this a new trademark like, say PlayStation Home VR, we might be a little more confident this was a sign the service was coming back.

When PSVR released back in 2016, there was a lot of talk about how Home could have been Sony’s answer to the growing popularity of new social VR applications. It could have also made for a great user interface for PSVR as a whole – a place to launch games or play traditional ones on a virtual screen in the comfort of your custom environment. Instead we ended up operating PSVR via the usual PS4 menu on a virtual screen floating in the darkness.


Man, I've spent so much time back in day on PS3 in the US server, making many friends out there! Lol it was so much fun but of course use a fucking keyboard to communicate. Not sure if it'll workout good without overhauling the concept.
 
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I think if the abomination that is Roblox can be successful I think PSHome is now much better suited to the micro transaction lifestyle people are used to today and could be very successful.

Back on PS3 it was way ahead of its time. Viewing trophies in a 3D space, Mini games, clothing and interactive furniture for your flat, Social areas to chat there was so much to it and all gaming themed. I thought it had great potential.
 

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An underused feature of Home that I really thought was cool, some devs used Home to create live 'drop-in, drop-out' rooms.
You'd be in game, see a door, door would be listed as "rest area". Enter door and the game would be put in sleep mode, Home would automatically open and download the themed room for the game. If the game had online components, the room would have live stats. When finished, exiting the room closed Home and dumped you back into the game.
 
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I had a good time to experience PS Home and it was so boring.
Maybe with PSVR2 it become a thing.
 
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