Sunday, 14 April 2013

Playstation Home 1.3 Available Today

For those anxiously awaiting the new Playstation Home update,
specifically version 1.3, the good news is that its rolling out today
though, as at the time of writing, I m personally yet to see the update
come through on account of being unable to connect (which would
seemingly indicate that its gradually filtering out).
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what the v1.3 update brings to
the table, here s a quick run down concerning what it has to offer as
confirmed via the Playstation Blog (credited below):

Universal Game Launching. Come this Thursday, you ll be able to launch
from Home into any game whose disc you have loaded into your PS3. This
is how it works: Titles that fully support game launching (like Street
Fighter IV, Resistance 2, MotorStorm, and Far Cry 2) will be identified
by separate icons that appear over an avatar s head and will have
varying degrees of additional multiplayer functionality built in.
Simplified game launching will take you from Home to the start menu of
your favorite games with ease. Never again will you have to sign out of
Home to play with (or against) your friends. Simply insert the disc of
your choice while in Home and follow the on screen directions
In-Store Item Previewing. This feature will allow you to preview items
of clothing on your character in 3D (including the ability to check out
multiple items simultaneously to see what combinations best suit your
taste). You ll be able to preview all furniture in 3D as well, complete
with zoom and rotate options so you can check your potential purchases
from all angles.
New Emotes and Actions. You can flip a coin with your friends to decide
whose apartment to retreat to, or play the old �pick a number between 1
and 100 � game to decide who is hosting the next party in Central
Plaza. You will also be able to pose your avatar in a variety of ways,
adding significantly to your ability to express yourself in-world. Heck,
there are even new dances to hit the SingStar Rooms with.
More Item Types. Including limited use items (like the brand new Shrink
Cake that lets you shrink your avatar to a tiny size) and portable
objects (think: Bubble Machine). These will be available shortly after
the launch of the client. This list of objects includes a free camera
that you can use to snap pictures from either a 1st or 3rd person view.
The photos will automatically be saved to the Photo section of the XMB,
from which you can then upload to the picture frames you have hanging in
your personal spaces. Dates for the camera and other items will be
announced very soon, so stay tuned to this blog (and be sure to check
the Latest Updates tab in your Menu Pad, under Community).
Tons of Improvements. We ve added some new categories of clothing
(composite and outfits) that will allow you to customize your avatar
with greater ease. We ve optimized the targeting system. We ve fixed a
bunch of the bugs you ve been reporting on the official Home Support
forum. We re even giving you the option to determine your cache size
(you can choose from 3, 5, 8, and 12 GB).
Have you got the update yet? If you have, please let us know as well as
offering some insight as to your initial impressions.
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