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PlayStation Home will include adult-only areas

While chatting with videogame journalist Steve Boxer during the recent Edinburgh Interactive Festival, Peter Edward, director of the PlayStation Home Platform Group, and Jamie McDonald, VP of Sony Worldwide Studios revealed some rather interesting morsels related to Sony’s eagerly anticipated virtual life experience Home.

Specifically, while Edward touched on the fact that Home is currently still in its closed beta stage and Sony is looking to “escalate the [user] numbers in a controlled fashion” rather than simply “opening the floodgates on day one and letting everybody in,” he also intimated that the Home experience will include some user areas subject to age restrictions.

When asked whether Home will contain any areas where entrance is governed strictly by age (namely 18 and older), Edward replied that there probably won’t be that many cropping up in Home’s short term existence, “but in the long-term, we expect to see them.”

The Home Platform Group director then suggested that while nothing sinister (read: pornographic or illegal) is likely to appear in Sony’s world, it is possible that the odd casino could pop up or perhaps movie theatres where users could go to watch mature-rated videogame trailers.

Acknowledging that many other adult-only themed areas could conceivably come into play, Edward reinforced Sony’s ultimate control by saying that “we have the ability to age-protect areas, and I think that’s something that we will inevitably make use of.”

Interestingly, when Boxer brought up the marked similarities between Sony’s Home project and Linden Lab’s existing PC-based Second Life, McDonald revealed that Sony had already begun developing Home long before Second Life even came into existence.

He went on to say that Sony’s motivation for Home was to create a “more congenial way of leading an online existence” outside of suffering repeatedly quick deaths in online videogames. “That was what prompted us to start developing what has turned out to be PlayStation Home,” added McDonald. “So, it’s clearly not Second Life.”

Edward reinforced that notion by claiming that Second Life, while superficially similar, is strictly limited by its grounding on the PC platform and, as such, must always “cater to the lowest common denominator” in terms of hardware compatibility. Sony, on the other hand, can squeeze as much potential and power as possible from the PlayStation 3 for Home, safe in the knowledge that its user base are all equipped with the same core machine.

Click HERE for the full interview, courtesy of Three Speech.

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15 comments on 'PlayStation Home will include adult-only areas'

Comment by AugustusBot on 2007-09-14 20:53:47

Home > Live

Comment by mass9 on 2008-02-07 20:29:03

mass9 > AugutusBot

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-09-15 00:47:18

and you go on thinking that, you can get together with your mates on home, have some text chat in your adult room wanking over how much money you have wasted on that glorified blu-ray player, and i will be playing on live talking away with friends playing one of the many exclusive 360 titles or some cross platform ones that used to be sony exclusives until developers starting realising they couldn’t make any money on the PS3 alone because not enough people were stupid to buy one.

Oh but you can play your ps3 at the north pole or in a microwave because of its stronger power eh?

Knob.

Comment by some1 on 2008-08-19 06:04:48

lol, why the hell are you even reading an atricle aboutPLAYSTATION HOME? you just come in here sonding completely jealous of our blu ray, ps3, and Home and start atalking about your live? cuse we’re eventualy gonna get cross chatting and all the other stuff.
too bad you cant talk in peice, cuse your ALWAYS PLAYING A GAME IN ORDER TO CHAT.

you cant hang out with friends in peice, do shit together, like play pool, have clan meeetings in the leader’s home..
naaawwww…… you aint got nothing of that shit on your live, and its all for free.

o yeah, you have to pay to talk online..hahaha..

cant wait till you 360 fans finaly start realising why the hell your paying live for, when we get everything you get, and lots more, all for free.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-09-15 00:52:27

and on the subject of the article,

Sont PR

“It’s not like second life cos we started making ours first, honestly guv! Not like we ever done anything like that before, you know, tried passing someone elses technology off as our own. Everything we do is unique. Whats that? Rumble? Oh? Sorry what? Cell? Oh. Yeah.

Clive start up the van and release the giant crabs, we need to deal massive damage and get the fuck out of here, they are on to us”

Comment by Me on 2008-02-06 08:59:15

Fanboy

Comment by Lone goat on 2008-02-07 16:31:59

But true

Comment by Charles on 2008-02-05 20:27:47

Wow!!! People are still arguing about the PS3 vs. Xbox thing. I thought that this was dead a long time ago. Please just by both and get it over with.

Comment by a wise man on 2008-08-19 04:24:48

no crap, ps3 and Xbox copy off of each other so quite frankly none is better than the other…

Comment by your_twin on 2008-08-19 06:03:33

lol, why the hell are you even reading an atricle aboutPLAYSTATION HOME? you just come in here sonding completely jealous of our blu ray, ps3, and Home and start atalking about your live? cuse we’re eventualy gonna get cross chatting and all the other stuff.
too bad you cant talk in peice, cuse your ALWAYS PLAYING A GAME IN ORDER TO CHAT.

you cant hang out with friends in peice, do shit together, like play pool, have clan meeetings in the leader’s home..
naaawwww…… you aint got nothing of that shit on your live, and its all for free.

o yeah, you have to pay to talk online..hahaha..

cant wait till you 360 fans finaly start realising why the hell your paying live for, when we get everything you get, and lots more, all for free.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-08-19 12:36:51

And you are copying and pasting that comment a year after everyone else had finished talking why?

Oh it is because you are still waiting for anything decent to show up I see.

Comment by SnazzyD on 2008-08-19 21:47:11

Wow, what a lot of pathetic fanboy drivel there is in here. You can excuse the PS3 crowd since this article is about Home, but you 360 douches are in absolute denial.

Nothing good on the PS3. Home sucks. XLive is way better. The same spew again and again…

I’d be quite uncomfortable if I were you too, given the amazing lineup the PS3 has this year and next. Home will be an experiment at first, but it will grow to be something quite amazing.

And your creator’s response? The most blatant, pathetic rip off of Mii’s (an already lame idea). No wonder people were laughing out loud at E3 when they presented this ‘dashboard’ - seeped in despair and epic failure…

So there!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-08-20 13:30:10

First off the reply button is your friend.

Secondly I was drawing attention to the fact that there is no real reason to copy and paste a comment over a thread that died out a long time ago, but since the usual insecurities of the standard PS fanboy never seem to go away here we are again.

Third, I would be uncomfortable if I was sitting cross-legged on a hardwood floor for maybe 3 hours or more, I wouldn’t however get uncomfortable over any consoles release schedule, again though understandable for the standard PS fannyboy to try and make out that everyone around him that hasn’t coughed up cash on an overrated blu-ray player is somehow contemplating suicide.

Fourth, I would agree with you, I have yet to see anything on the PS that lives up to the pre-release hype that everything gets. Don’t know how you can comment on home sucking that much, still isn’t out is it? As for it being an experiment, well the ebola virus was an experiment in ways too, didn’ grow in to being anything good though. I do agree it looks rather pointless though, like second life that is rather pointless, my first life is fun enough thanks. Xbox live is way better? Well yeah it is providing what you are talking about is online gaming since the features and support are better fair enough you have to pay but free shit is still shit.

Fith, my creator? I think you put a little to much stock in the power of a console manufacturer. If I was at all religious I might say God has this accolade, as I am an athiest we will go with my Parents getting the title of creator, MS nope sorry.

Sixth? The concept of an Avatar wasn’t invented by Nintendo so if you think MS ripped off Nintendo then it’s just another link in the big rip off chain, but worth noting that nobody is ripping shit off the PS3, wonder why that is.

So I hope you feel proud of yourself and your ability to pull together some laughable views on the most important thing in your life but I think we both know you are sadly lacking any real life in the first place.

No get your pasty white fat arse outside get some sun and stop being such a whiny little console obsessed cunt.

So there.

Comment by Steve on 2008-11-07 04:43:39

You should all learn to spell before wasting time on pointless videogames. Go buy a Leapster from the kid’s learning section at Wal-Mart.

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