Home isn't going to be the cheerful, happy place it once was. Buser compares the new Home to Disneyworld, and promises there will be various hubs that cater to different tastes. Bootleggers exists in the "Action" hub, a run-down, dark place where your avatar could possibly get (digitally) shivved. Starting a game of Bootleggers is incredibly easy. Just find it in the Action district, and you'll jump into a matchmaking lobby. Yes, you don't have to wait in line to play a virtual game. Regardless of how many participants, you'll be able to join a room and play. Bootleggers did look rather simple, especially in comparison to the Call of Duties and Battlefields of the world. However, it is completely free. "It's not freemium," Buser emphasized, noting that increasing engagement within Home is the main purpose of the title. That means millions of PS3 owners have a free multiplayer FPS game at their disposal--they just have to click the "Home" icon on the XMB.
The Action district of the new Home
Another free game coming to PlayStation Home is a poker title, featured in the Sports hub. Once again, you'll be able to jump into any game via a matchmaking system. "We wanted this to be a fully-featured game," Buser explained. What makes playing poker in Home so appealing--more so than its zero cost of entry--is the fact that the Sports hub features a television in the background that features updates on the real world of sports. Yes, you can go into Home and get a highlight reel of the day's biggest moments in sports. Home will become a virtual pub of sorts. These two games are just scratching the surface of a tremendous update, the largest Home has seen since its debut. Buser has reason to be proud; this update may convert long-time critics of the service. The new Home debuts later this year.
PlayStation Home poker