Today Sony have announced that commerce will end in the Japanese and Asian regions of PlayStation Home from September 24th, with the scheduled service termination at the end of March 2015.
The following comes from a press release from PlayStation in Japanese, which we have translated:
- Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia will end the PlayStation®Home service in Asia and Japan at the end of March 2015. Along with this, the start of the maintenance for PlayStation®Home on September 24 2014 will end the sale of content in Asia and Japan.
While previously new content has not been appearing on the platform, PlayStation Home has continued to operate in these regions. This confirms that as of March 2015, the Japanese and Asian regions of Home will be inaccessible. Note that this does not affect the European and American PlayStation Home regions, which are operated separately and continue to be updated each week. Sony confirmed as such in their press release (translated).
It should be noted that unlike the services offered in Asia and Japan, PlayStation®Home services which SCEE and SCEA provide are excluded from this announcement.
There is still plenty of time to visit these regions before their closure, just not that purchasing items will be no longer available come September 24th 2014. As a silver-lining, PlayStation are now preparing a “large-scale event” for the closing period, which based on previous events held in the Asian regions of PlayStation Home, should be worth a look at.
I wouldn't be surprised if NA or EU follow suit in next year and half
Irony in that avatar :trollface:
That out of the way, my guess NA and EU will follow suit in 2015 and 2016 <, Mark my words.
Who eveer says "2018" yae 2018 is more of whole ps3 network shutdown.
Not surprising but very sad to see. Japan Home especially was very special. Question is now how long before management owns up and tells the North American and European community the same thing.
In my view they don't have a new Home in the works. I'd love to be wrong. Porting this old service with so many broken things really would be a bad idea. It just gets old spending so much of ones time loading it, using it and having to deal with all that is broken.
Sorry but buying new stuff without fixing inventory and wardrobe isn't something that inpires me to say the least and that is basically what the service has become – the selling of digital content.
Thanks for the info, Glodel. Welcome to the PlayStation Forums by the way.
It's sad reality that Japan and Asia Homes will be closed and permanently inaccessible after March of 2015, which is next year.
Though, I'm glad that I briefly got the chance to see what Japan PlayStation Home is all about before I stopped going there.
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