Internet Browsers in Home
Many people would like to have a personal computer that allows for actual for browsing within Home. The London Pub shows that a browser is possible. Xi did the same thing. Either as an individual item or baked into a personal/clubhouse space. That way many of us would not have to log off of Home in order to use the PSN browser.
Of course, Terms of Service limitations would apply.
I suggest that we have whole dining room or kitchen tables made with food and placesettings included. Or have them baked into some (not all) future applicable personal spaces. This would cut down on us using item slots to decorate our apartments/homes.
Some Developers have started doing this. Hopefully more will, too.
I would like to see these retro/vintage cars made as LMO's! They could be made as a line and it would be great if they could be as big as the retro flyers but if they have to be mini versions I understand. I would like to introduce to you the line of vintage service cars!
You have the police car, taxi cab, fire truck, ambulance and greyhound bus!
Also It wouldn't hurt to release outfites to match these LMO's...
Here we go again... (and updated)
Better Communication & Customer Service:
We desperately need better communication and customer service from our Home managers and staff members on questions and issues with Home. Currently they spend 10x more time on these forums pushing new content than answering questions and addressing issues with Home and content that isn't new.
Better Item Management:
At the very least we need the same sorting and filtering options for items in storage that we have for items not in storage, and we desperately need a 2nd storage folder that is not a spillover so we can find items we want that are forced into storage. There isn't even an option to sort Inventory Items (LMO & Companions) by Last Used. At best they should add more folders (just as they have in the store - which seperates shirts, coats, and dresses). Ornaments is an especially bad folder as it lumps so many totally unrelated and different items together.
Separate Folders for Companions and LMOs:
Maybe even seperate folders for different types of LMOs, like Gestures, Dancing, and Moving LMOs. As it is now, the inventory folder and storage is a total mess for anyone who has a lot of companions and LMOs. If Sony wanted to sell more of these they desperately need to fix this issue.
Improve the Character Saves Folder:
As it is now, you have to wait until all of your character saves loads before you can pick one or save a new one. Instead of adding more character saves slots to the same folder as they did when they went from 9 to 24 and now to 48 for PS+ members, instead they should have multiple character save folders, with one page (12) saves each. This way not only will it take a lot less time to load your saves before using them, but we would also finally be able to organize our characters. For instance, you could use one folder for formal wear, another for swim wear, another for cosplay, etc, etc etc.
Restore the Crippled Targetting System:
It used to be we could target any item in our spaces, which allowed us to use chairs as quick transporters without using up unnecessary slots, and saving a lot of time getting around. Now some items you can't even target when they are RIGHT in front of you. The idea this was some kind of improvement is laughable.
Allow for More Creativity:
This is a virtual world and there is plenty in Home that is not realistic and has no bearing on real world physics, so why then does Sony continue to cripple the creativity of users in their own personal spaces? If Sony allowed people to be more creative, especially in their own personal spaces, it would drastically increase their user base - and sales of these spaces and items they use to be creative with. Instead they have time after time taken away creative ways of decorating spaces and using those spaces. For instance, we should be able to place items any where we like, even floating in the air. Yes, there are glitches that allow you to still do that, but it should be a feature not a glitch.
Update Older Active Items:
The problem with most older active items is that they were assigned the default max 22 slot allocation, even though clearly many would only require as little as 1 slot. While some developers are starting to update their older active items to lower their slot allocation, Sony has so far refused to do that. The claim made by certain people is that the cost would not be worth it, but after speaking with someone from Digital Leisure, they said they were able to update their active item arcades from 22 slots to just 1 at practically no cost, and was very simple to do. Furthermore, if these older active items got updated to use fewer slots, it would only encourage many to buy them that did not before due to the slot amount being so excessive. Not only that, but by using fewer slots, it will allow users to add more items to their spaces, thus encourage more sales of other items as well.
The Ability to Save Multiple Layouts of Our Spaces:
Prior to 1.75, it was possible to do this by making copies of the individual space files, but to switch layouts you had to quit Home and copy the file(s) you wanted to switch to and then restart Home... But that was still a lot faster than removing all the items from a space and redecorating each and every time. This allowed people to have special holiday themes to their spaces, some which easily took days to make. 1.75 however made all that effort useless as we can no longer simply swap files. While they should have thought of that BEFORE going live with 1.75, the least they can do is add a feature that allows us to save multiple layouts. Doing so would also promote the sale of more items to use to decorate those layouts with.
Ability to Sort Our Personal Spaces and Tag some as Favorites:
As it is now, the more spaces you own the more difficult and time consuming it is to try and find them in the list of spaces. It would be very useful if we could tag some of them as favoroites so they are listed at the top. At the very least they should list them Alphabetically. Instead, as it is now, you have to try and remember when you bought the space in order to find it.
Improve the Organization of Public Spaces:
In NA Home, not only do they only list the publiv spaces alphabetically, but many of those spaces are not even in the correct order based on the name of the space as shown in the list. In other regions, spaces are also orhanzied by developer and even genre - which makes finding these space much easier than what we currently have in NA Home.
Improve the Shopping Experience in Home:
The fact that shopping in Home has only gotten worse lately makes you wonder if Sony really cares about sales in Home. The removal of the Shears store has made it far more dificult to shop for hair items. For one, there should be more grouped store categories, not less - like Shears. For another, all stores should be available and easy to find in the Nav menu for quick purchases. For another, ALL items should offer a preview, and not just single wardrobe items. If it has special animation, then there should be a video preview option to click on. For furnishings, in order to see the actual size, they should have a preview pic option that shows the item next to an average size avatar.
Bring Back Game Related Content:
Even if AAA game developers no longer are interested in making or even licensing content for Home, Sony should at the very least be offering Home related content for their own games, like they used to.
Improve the Ignore & Block Options:
We should have the ability to make the avatar of someone that we are ignoring or blocking to disappear from our view - and not just make it appear as though they are looking away from us. This way it would give each person the ability to decide for themselves what they feel is appropriate or not in the space they are in. If they are offended by something they see, they should have an option to make that avatar disappear from their view.
Not only that, but it should also make our avatar disappear from their view. As it is, even if you ignore or block someone, from their POV they can continue to harass our avatar for the amusement of their friends around them. If instead our avatar disappears from their view, it would end the incentive of abuse. If we had the option to make them vanish that would help a great deal.
Belonging to More Clubs:
We should be able to belong to more than 5 clubs at a time.
Adding More Members to a Club:
We should be able to have more members in a club than just how many can fit in a clubhouse at one time - that way you don't have to constantly delete members and re-invite others to join in order for everyone to be able to get into the clubhouse at any given time.
As posted recently...
The BIGGEST problem with how Home is being managed and why it desperately needs new leadership is...
Communication / Customer Relations
It doesn't really exist any more. The best we can hope for is to see the occasional post from GlassWalls promoting new content or making what he thinks is a funny joke. Try and get anyone from the Home staff to respond to requests, suggestions, and issues with the service is like trying to pull teeth from an alligator.
If there are limitations to what they can do, then they should say so (and make it a sticky), and explain in detail why. As we have seen them make claims before that something wasn't possible only to see it added later. Bottom line - don't lie to your customers.
If they are working on it, let us know.
The silent treatment doesn't work, and someone at Sony should tell that to our Home team - or fire them and hire people who understand the value of customer relations.
Many of the often requested changes to the service are clearly very easy to do - like allowing us to tag personal spaces as favorites, sorting Inventory items (LMOs & Companions) by Last Used (just as we can with our other item folders). Adding the same sort and filter options for all our folders... and yes, even adding a 2nd storage folder that isn't a spillover... Among many other simple changes that would drastically improve the service.
But not only have they not done any of this, they wont even comment about it.
Home is one of the worst run software projects I have ever personally experienced. It wasn't always this way, as things were much better run the first couple years, but since then communication, customer service, support, and system reliability have fallen drastically.
If the people currently in charge can't figure this out, then Sony needs to bring in a new team who can.
The impression I get from our current Home staff is that they are acting like they are on a slowly sinking ship, and just doing the minimum to collect their pay checks until the ship finally goes under. They certainly do not give me the impression that they take a lot of pride in their job, nor do they act like there is a bright future ahead of them in the position they are in.
However, I also know its possible for them to change that impression, but so far it doesn't appear they have any interest in doing so.
At this rate, I'll be very surprised if Home is even up and running a year from now... Or if it is still running, I suspect it will be mostly populated by drifters and hackers, and a few die hard loyalists unwilling to cut ties.
This is not to say I believe it's too late to save Home. Far from it. I still see tremendous potential in the service. But with every passing month as I see old issues going unresolved and new ones popping up, and no improvement in customer relations and communication - my faith that Sony even knows what they are doing any more continues to dwindle away.
The fact that Sony still labels Home as a beta project, even after all these years, yet they no longer support it like they did in the early years, and like most beta projects are supported - suggests to me that they are close to giving up on it. I hope I'm wrong, but that's the impression I get from their actions (and/or lack thereof).
There have been rumors that Sony may hand over management of Home to one of the 3rd party developers, and while unlikely - at this point, maybe that would be the best thing for everyone.
Sony's PlayStation Home updated mission statement...
"Like it never happened"
- Stand for something better than mediocrity and don't disguise it as adequate, when clearly it is far from that to anyone willing to be objective and unbiased. -