PlayStation Home on the PlayStation 3 has made tremendous strides in 2009 and as of now, the initial foundation that we saw back in late 2008 is long gone, replaced with hordes of new content.

And it seems PSP users will be getting a similar social application of their own; it has just been revealed at Sony's TGS press conference and it appears to be similar to Home. It's called PSP "Room" (the two "o"s in there are actually the infinity symbol) and it will feature avatars, live blogs, photo albums and social networking. Within this structure will be ways for users to interact via normal chat/real-time communication, and help pass the time with a variety of mini-games. As far as we know, this is only confirmed for Japan right now – this is a SCEJ event, after all – and the beta test will begin on October 5. We'll let you know if Sony plans to release "Room" here in North America and considering the fact that they continually push PS3/PSP connectivity worldwide, we'd like to think there's a chance. During this presentation, they also mentioned a revamped PlayStation Network/Store for Japan, which will feature fresh downloadable music and comics. Yeah, Japan is definitely getting the special treatment in the handheld world (did you see how many portable colors they've got to choose from?!).

The conference continues but it seems like they're winding down. I'm a little tired right now but I've given you all the big stuff, and we'll be certain to toss up any and all extra news tomorrow.

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Thanks for the updates Ben, got home from work around 11:30 and it was a nice surprise to see you updating the site with the latest news. GO TO BED!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I will now. Had to get a newsletter out, too.

'falls over'

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

man @[email protected] i want home for my psp

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Ben your only an hour ahead of me.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I suppose there is one less reason for people to interact in reality?

LowKey
LowKey
11 years ago

LMFAO its soooo true, thats one of the reasons I rarely go on home.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Oh come on, Home is fun. I enjoy playing chess at the mall (I kick ass at it). I also enjoy meeting various people at certain game spots and discussing games. My REAL friends either don't game much or suck at them (not counting my CAL Counterstrike friends) so Home offers an outlet to discuss games I enjoy with other gamers.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

How about they release the IdolMaster games (well, actually, any of the more popular, Japan only, game releases would be nice) with subtitles for the non-Japanese speakers (no other localization required). That might make me more positive about the good treatment that PSP in Japan gets compared to the kick in the pants we routinely get from SCEA.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 9/24/2009 12:56:27 AM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I don't get it, did North America piss off Sony in regards to the PSP. Japan gets so many cool promotions. I'm an avid Sony consumer and whenever I read about the latest and greatest being offered in Japan it kinda feels like I'm not being loved.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

We do get left out often. 🙁

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

I'd have bought the PSP camera and probably the GPS unit as well – if they had bothered.. The most galling thing about both is they are available in Europe. The GPS unit even has a US mapset – for European customers. Better yet, that includes UK customers, so the software and manuals are all in English already. So, why in the name of the wee man, haven't SCEA pushed either accessory out yet?

Wipeout Pulse was available something like 9 months agon for download in Europe (and probably Japan) when did it finally limp onto the PSP downloadable game list in NA?

This kind of crap is precisely why SCEA, SCEE, SCEI and SCEJ ought to get routinely blasted by their corporate masters in Tokyo. Why hold back products from consumers arbitrarily. If the product exists and has already been localized for the UK, there is no reason, no reason at all, for SCEA to ignore it. This is especially true for downloadable content such as games like Wipeout Pulse. Games now are built for localization. All the text messages can be quickly updated by switching language files. So even if you changed no audio on a game, simply translating and editing the subtitles and text messages in the game would give a game that could be sold in other markets. This is true of all games, whether RPGs or action games. Home content too is stupidly restricted. If anyone has been to the Japanese instance of Home recently, they have so many more items in the clothes and other stores that it's positively painful. What localization problems or obstacles are there for these things? Translate the text, and upload them to the European, US and world Home instances, it's not like it takes a genius to translate to English from Japanese. The Japanese Home also has many additional spaces we never see elsewhere, some of them are exactly the kind of thing we need in every Home instance. For example, they have a beach space right now, you can even buy bathing suits. First off, why Japan only? Secondly, why Japan only?

Lack of coordination on these things in a global market and global economy is a shambles, and definitely doesn't make Sony look good. It's not that hard to do, but sometimes Sony appears to really work at making it hard to do.

No doubt things will continue as they always have, and SCEA/SCEE/SCEI/SCEJ will continue to miss countless opportunities.
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mustang750r
mustang750r
11 years ago

So this is basically Home Mobile. Hmm

I wonder if this moves us closer to getting MMOs on the PSP, because I remember NCsoft working on project for the PSP back in 07' and how the PSP could be the first major MMO mobile platform.

Now that I think about it, what's going on with the 3 Sony exclusive games from NCsoft? It's 2 years since E3 07 and still nothing, not a word. I wonder if things are okay?

dillonthebunny
dillonthebunny
11 years ago

no, I doubt SCEA upset Sony JP…. fact is that Japan usually get shafted in anything PS3 releated. The only thing that they get in mass is PS1 games (of which 99% of us here WANT).. but everything else they can be up to two years behind USA and EU in terms of games, content and so on.

You know that if this 'RooM' is a sucess then we'll all get it, but from what I gather Sony believes that the core of its fan base is in the handheld market and living in the past, because waiting til Nov for Infamous must be hard, and not forgetting the 6 month delay on GTA4… but then back in the day of GTA:SA.. we all got it Oct 04, yet JP had to wait til Jan 07!! so when you play your new games like SHIFT or DiRT2.. just think of all those Japanese people who really should get things at the same time as us if not before seeing as its a Japanese system, because those days that were evident in the PS1 era are gone, and have been since the last three if not more years of the PS2's life.

if you dont believe me go sign up a JP PSN account and see for yourself, the PS3 demo section is like a ghost town, but the PS1/PSP sections are bursting… its quite odd. I wonder if JP 360 is the same?


Last edited by dillonthebunny on 9/24/2009 3:08:04 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Hand held gaming in Japan is monstrously big – hence the success of the ironically named Monster Hunter games.

Starchild
Starchild
11 years ago

So we got a home and a room. BUT WHICH ROOM IS IT! AHHHHHHHHHHHH

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

That would be so sweet. I hope it comes to North America and Europe. Well acutally all of the world because the ability to have certain regions have certain things is rediculous.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

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wiiplay
wiiplay
11 years ago

It should be called "PlayStation Streets: A Home Away From Home"

Metallisnake
Metallisnake
11 years ago

Stupid move if not release all over the world………..ya know (raijin voice)