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Home beta test survey gives info on possible expansions


One of our readers has emailed us to let us know that Sony has sent each member of the Home closed beta a simple survey. Consisting of only a single "question", the survey asks testers to rate the importance of a list of features from 1 to 5. Here are our top rated features, the rest are after the jump.
  • Purchasable private spaces for clans/groups (5)
  • Community events (movies/concerts/developer chats/other events) (5)
  • Ability to customize avatars with unique items based on game accomplishments and ownership (5)
  • The ability to acquire (find/learn/buy) collectible/limited edition items (5)
  • Additional avatar customization (non-human enhancements, e.g. robots, animal heads) (5)
  • A means of displaying a user's personal gaming history (5)
  • Hall of Fame/trophy display (5)
We know we weren't invited to join the beta, but we've rated these ourselves anyway (the number in the brackets after each list item). We hope that Sony will eventually add all of these features to Home and that this is just a means of choosing which to work on first. The open beta is due to open sometime this month and this looks very much to us like Sony is attempting to get the final opinions of the closed beta players before the influx of new users occurs. Hopefully within the next week or so.

[Thanks Hunter!]
  • Online game launching from within Home (4)
  • The ability to find fans of specific games (4)
  • More mini-games within Home (3)
  • Tools for accessing my PS3 media in my private Home space (3)
  • Access to the PlayStation Store within Home (3)
  • Game specific lobbies (4)
  • Premium private Home space upgrades (purchasable) (3)
  • Premium objects for private Home space (purchasable) (3)
  • Premium avatar clothing upgrades (branded, designer) (3)
  • The ability to earn trophies for game accomplishments (4)
  • Non-avatar based method for accessing Home features and functionality (3)
How would you rate this list?

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1. Additional avatar customization (non-human enhancements, e.g. robots, animal heads) = 0

I like it the way it is now with people rather than turning it into a freak show. I would rather it was as realistic as possible and save all the fantasy stuff for in game.

Posted at 6:45PM on Jul 18th 2007 by dan

2. freakshows are real dan.

Posted at 6:48PM on Jul 18th 2007 by komrad

3. Same here!

Posted at 6:50PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Hunter X

4. I rated mine similar to what you guys have, no number 3's though, and sure you can place my name

Posted at 6:53PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Hunter X

5. i agree with #2! otherwise home will start looking like the world of warcraft "the internet is for porn" vid!

Posted at 6:55PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Conor

6. i want clothing that makes me look like Dan from Street Fighter :p

Dan 4 life

Posted at 7:09PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Kxpuc

7. I rely like the community events idea... I mean whats better than going on Home during a big day such as 4th of july and finding that theres a fireworks show at a certain spot at a certain time... Its a awsome idea.... and maybe if they integrade some special free items during times like christmas, where if u visit the store they will have free santa hats or sumthn to add to our inventory, or even xmas shirts and stuff free or not. HOME is already lookin rely awsome I cant wait for the release.

Posted at 7:21PM on Jul 18th 2007 by johnxmzzhang

8. @dan


I agree, If i see one furry in Home I'm throwing my PS3 out my window.

Posted at 7:29PM on Jul 18th 2007 by iRoy

9. I can't believe you guys rated having a robot head higher than launching a game from inside home....

Posted at 7:29PM on Jul 18th 2007 by GRT

10. @8 see now your just tryin to make it like runescape dude, i dont wanna see people looking like rs noobs in home..no way!

Posted at 7:41PM on Jul 18th 2007 by qwerter

11. Online game launching from within Home (5)

The ability to find fans of specific games (3)
More mini-games within Home (2)
Tools for accessing my PS3 media in my private Home space (5)

Access to the PlayStation Store within Home (4)
Game specific lobbies (5)

Premium private Home space upgrades (purchasable) (1)

Premium objects for private Home space (purchasable) (1)
Premium avatar clothing upgrades (branded, designer) (1)
The ability to earn trophies for game accomplishments (5)

Non-avatar based method for accessing Home features and functionality (4)


=o This is my list, and may I say that I wouldn't want to spend actual $$$ to purchase virtual clothes or furniture, but I would spend "Home Buttons" you get for doing things in games. (I would use the word 'points', but "Home Buttons" could be copyrighted =D ) I hate the idea of spending cash on anything but entertainment (things that entertain - if a couch entertains you then seek help!) =D
This is my 2 buttons for this post! =P

Posted at 8:58PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Consolcwby

12. Playing off the whole "points" idea, if instead of having to pay for new furniture for your home in HOME it would be cool you could purchase stuff with "points" you earn for doing stuff in a game. Say you reach the rank of fox in MGS online you should get some "points" to buy items with. Obviously the points can't be worth that much but I rather buy/rent more games and earn points than have to pay for each new thing I want in my space. I think this type of system is more motivating than the other system's achievements because you actually get a (virtual) tangible reward not some sign that says you have 5 stars.

Posted at 9:11PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Alex P.

13. I love the "Ability to customize avatars with unique items based on game accomplishments and ownership"
What an easy way to find out people who want to play a football game than walk up to someone wearing a Buffalo Bills/favourite team Jersey. This is a visual space after all. The more visual clues as too what gamers want the better. And after seeing the demos it looks like a bluetooth headset is a must. Sony should make it a pack in.

Posted at 9:56PM on Jul 18th 2007 by mcloki

14. I don't agree with anything that costs $$$$$$ and is not an item you can hold in your hand. Paying money for clothes for your avatar or items for your HOME space, I am TOTALLY AGAINST that kind of transaction. It does NOT enhance gameplay.

If it were a pack of maps or like the Ridge Racer 7 downloads, only the music was charged. Even though you can't export it and listen outside of the game.

No nickel and diming consumers! This is for XBOX to do to their consumers.

If its not free, it shouldn't be!

Definitely have unlockable clothing and stuff for your HOME space that comes from playing a game. Like a Darkling statuette for your living space that gives off red, green, orange or blue light to illuminate a small corner of your room. Only unlockable by playing The Darkness on Hard difficulty all the way through!

THAT'S A KILLER IDEA!

Posted at 11:13PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Nick Kosmides

15. All I want are more hair options and customizations.

Posted at 11:13PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Chuck

16. The ability to customize an avatar with your "achievements" is a huge one. If any of you have played any MMORPG's you'll know this. Being able to show off that you own the best piece of armor or weapon in the game is a major feature.

Being awarded a wearable "achievement" in Home will be the same thing. Imagine being able to attach some type of sword accessory to your avatar after you win the achievement for getting that ultra rare sword in the latest Final Fantasy. Or maybe after you kill 10,000 people online in Unreal Tournament you will get a shirt for your avatar that says "Seriously..." on it.

The idea here is really open ended and very exciting! Who cares about gamer score and a little slogan on your profile when you can visually show off your achievements with new avatar gear!

Posted at 12:19AM on Jul 19th 2007 by Nick

17. When is Home suppose to be released to the public?

Posted at 1:09AM on Jul 19th 2007 by adam

18. hmmm? i bet a lot rpg fans are gonna be decked out in FF7 clothe! if i see another EMO dude in half a shirt or vest im making a game designer hit list! !:)

Posted at 1:57AM on Jul 19th 2007 by BestOfBothWorlds

19. I like the freak show! I'll be "Clank" or "Sackboy!" Yeah!


Posted at 2:26AM on Jul 19th 2007 by GL

20. AAAARGH!!!
CROSS-GAME INVITES!!!

FOR FECK'S SAKE SONY!!!!!!

SORT IT OUT!!!!

Posted at 2:52AM on Jul 19th 2007 by Kung_Fu_Russ

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