PlayStation Home is closing for good on 31st March 2015, Sony has announced. “Due to a shifting landscape, PlayStation Home will cease publishing new content,” the developer said on the PlayStation Blog.
According to the PlayStation blog, PlayStation Home will cease to publish new content from November 12. Players will not be able to download any more content after December 3.
“Gamers in Europe will be able to download content until the 3rd of December, 2014,” Sony added, before confusingly noting in its FAQ that “PlayStation Home fans will still be able to download content until 26th November 2014.”
PlayStation Home was developed for about three years prior to its launch by Sony Computer Entertainment’s London Studio. Sony PlayStation Home is a virtual world in which PlayStation 3 players can create their own avatars and live in apartments, meet other friends, watch movies and play games. The virtual platform was also relaunched in 2011. The virtual social meeting place and gaming platform is accessible to PlayStation 3 users via the PlayStation Network (PSN). You can check out this video for a quick tour.
“PlayStation Home has been serving the PS3 community since December 2008. During that time, tens of millions of users around the world have grown the social gaming platform into a thriving community of creative and enthusiastic gamers,” said the blog. Home was pitched as a free alternative to Second Life in which users created a virtual avatar of themselves. “During that time, tens of millions of users around the world have grown the social gaming platform into a thriving community of creative and enthusiastic gamers…We would like to thank all of our fans for their support of the PlayStation Home platform over the years” blog added.
With the closing of PlayStation Home, Sony is focusing on more on its PlayStation 4 console and its updates. The Japanese firm released PS4 System Update v2.00 in August this year alongside the release date of PlayStation TV during Gamescom 2014.