Sony has renewed the trademark for PlayStation Home, its own form of social network that debuted on the PS3. While its initial run faded into obscurity and was shut down soon after the PS4’s launch, the renewed trademark has brought the Sony’s social network experiment back into the conversation.
Reported by UploadVR (opens in new tab), based on findings by Resetera users, the trademark could be a sign of absolutely nothing (companies often renew trademarks purely as a form of protection), but the possibility of a PS5 version of PlayStation Home is an enticing prospect, especially when thinking about potential compatibility with the upcoming PSVR 2 headset.
While a PSVR 2 PlayStation Home for PS5 consoles could represent a surprise resurrection for the social platform, there’s no mention of VR in the trademark renewal, and a revamped PlayStation Home is still far from confirmed at this point.
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PlayStation Home may originally have been slightly ahead of (or before, depending on your perspective) its time. It was poised as a social media platform for consoles, complete with virtual 3D avatars, rooms and activities similar to what PC programs like Second Life were achieving at the time. This was also long before the advent of VRChat and Rec Room that popularized the social VR space.
Now that virtual reality platforms are more popular than ever, though, we can easily imagine PlayStation Home on PS5 as a VR console alternative to Rec Room and VRChat, both of which are exclusive to PC and allows users to customize their avatars and play games in user-created rooms.
There’s certainly a gap in the market for a console-based social platform, especially one that’s VR compatible, but as we saw with the original PS3 PlayStation Home, what sounds like a good idea might not necessarily be that in practice. Still, we’d love to see Sony resurrect PlayStation Home for a second, VR-based try.
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