Playstation Home is an online service accessible through the Playstation 3
. It's a social platform in which you control a Digital Avatar
and can interact with other people and places. The world is divided into several spaces, each with a different theme, based on genres, what you can do there, or which company is sponsoring it. There's a fair amount of customization to be had, from changing your avatar's clothes, to decorating your personal spaces.
First launched in 2008, it started as a largely social platform with some advertising and light games. However, the games have gotten more focus over time, and you can find some pretty deep ones at certain places. It's still going quite strong.
Playstation Home provides examples of:
- A Home Owner Is You: For about 5-10 real world dollars you can purchase many different types of fancy houses to store rewards you unlock. Personal spaces costing 10+ often come with some form of minigame, perk, or other special bonus.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Many games and quests will just give you threads for completing their goals. Sometimes, you'll get a shirt or something similar just for entering a space.
- And Your Reward Is Interior Decorating: Sometimes, you'll get a chair, or a table, or a doll, or an ornament, or other furnishings for completing tasks.
- An Interior Designer Is You: You start off with an apartment space and some furniture which you can arrange as you like.
- Big Fancy House: You can buy one of course, but it costs about the same price as a brand new video game if you want everything for it. There are a few milder versions of this trope that are cheaper, though they aren't nearly as cool as the expensive stuff.
- Bragging Rights Reward: A recent update added some trophies for players to unlock. Most of them are extremely easy to get, but a few can be quite annoying to earn.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: Some of the games can be unplayable unless you spend a little money for boosts. For some other games, you will only be able to play at certain intervals unless you pay for some extra tries.
- Cross Player: Given the avatars, this is likely.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: By exploiting glitches in some of the personal spaces, you can move furniture out to places that were never meant to be seen. In one location, where a dock is visible in the distance, a plaque on a rock reads (if you venture close enough to it) "You shouldn't be able to see this."
- Digital Avatar: Usually human-like, but there are some accessories that can make you look like something else.
- Emote Animation: There are a lot of choices for these, ranging from signs of approval to dances.
- Fur Against Fang: The theme of one of the Halloween 2013 special events. Players who showed up for it got vampire/werewolf costumes and could play a short minigame to score points for their side.
- Holiday Mode: The main space will be appropriately decorated whenever certain holidays are close, like Christmas.
- Lost Forever:
- Some spaces will be taken down for one reason or another, meaning that the items within can never be obtained again.
- Some items can only be obtained during limited-time events. If you don't get them then, you usually won't have another chance.
- Microtransactions: Small payments exist for many things, ranging from clothes and furniture to power-ups for some of the games.
- Mini-Game: Plenty of these, especially in the sponsored spaces.
- Product Placement: There are a good amount of sponsored spaces, where you can win branded clothes to wear and props to show off.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: Choosing a male or female avatar will make no difference gameplay-wise.
- Virtual Paper Doll: There are many items you can have your avatar wear.