Sony have announced plans to revitalize the user base of Playstation Home by redesigning the central hub with an emphasis on the games available on the service. Speaking to Gamasutra, Playstation Home director Jack Buser explained that the new central hub is part of an ongoing strategy to turn Home into a "social game platform."
During it's initial launch, Home was quickly dismissed for its lack of content and basic social interaction, suffice to say, gamers didn't want to chat with other players. Buser believes that games are the key to a successful interaction between gamers on the Playstation Home service. "When we originally launched Home as a social network, we quickly realized that games were the killer app for bringing gamers together in a social context."
Games bringing gamers together, who knew?
The newly redesigned hub has been scheduled for later this year, bringing with it a number of 'districts' that will cater to fans of specific games and genres. Additionally, users will be able to travel directly to any of these districts upon launching the app, allowing players to get straight into the types of games they enjoy, quickly.
Sony will also be integrating a new quest system associated with the various games and services that Home will provide. Buser has stated that with a feature such as this, Sony are hoping to make Home "a game in and of itself."