Modders Revive PlayStation Home

Players at a bowling alley in PlayStation Home.

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Modders Revive PlayStation Home

November 26, 2021

By: Brian Renadette

 
 

A group of PlayStation fans has managed to revive the PlayStation 3 social gaming platform PlayStation Home. In addition, they've also managed to create a version that can connect online thanks to the help of PlayStation Online Network Emulated (PSONE) fans and PS3 owners.

Launching in open beta in December 2008, PlayStation Home was a 3D social gaming platform with various themed areas accessible by PS3 users. The platform never left its open beta and shut down in March 2015. However, as Video Game Chronicle reports, a non-profit group of fans collectively known as Destination Home has managed to make an offline version of PlayStation Home that can be used by modded PS3 consoles or emulators. Much of their work was done with the help of Home data sent to them by PS3 owners. In addition, thanks to a collaborative effort with the PSONE fan group, Destination Home has been able to make a version of the game with online connectivity.

The Destination Home team wrote:

“Today has been a monumental day for the Destination Home Team x PSOne Emulation Team, as we have finally hit a point in our development to have full lobby sessions working on the original PlayStation 3! This means users can join public/private lobbies just like the good ole’ times on PlayStation Home! In this teaser, you can see that we have some fan-favorite spaces e.g. The Hub, Bowling Alley, Playground, etc. that are ready to be re-explored by our core fan base. By you guys donating much-needed Home data from your personal PlayStation 3 consoles, the team would like to say THANK YOU, for making this possible!”

Players will be able to connect online to home and access public and private lobbies by the end of the year.

 
 
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I am a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a major in writing and a minor in gaming. I have a passion for video games and writing. I also enjoy volunteering at my local SPCA by walking the dogs.

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