Six years ago, Sony shut down the PlayStation Home project. For those who don’t know, PlayStation Home was a unique online hub where PS3 owners could create an avatar that lived in this social world. Sony then released themed hubs to explore, malls to purchase clothes at, games to play with friends and so much more. It was a unique social world. Fans of the game have now taken it upon themselves to work on a private PlayStation Home project called “Destination Home”.
According to the creators, this non-profit mod is was an offline version of PlayStation Home and can be downloaded on modded PS3 consoles or PC emulators. However, thanks to a new collaboration between Destination Home and the PlayStation Online Network Emulated (PSONE) fan group, the service has managed to release online with full connectivity.
While this feature is still in testing, the fan group says that they plan on releasing it to the public by the end of the year. This will then see PlayStation Home (cough cough Destination Home) connect online with public and private lobbies.
The whole project has been highly community-driven. So much so that users have even been sending data from their PS3 consoles to the server in order for the developers to create the files and information. This has enabled the group to create matching locations like the Hub, Bowling Alley and Playground. Players can also customize their apartments using a range of furniture.
Of course, the Destination Home experience is a bit dated. The original app launched way back in 2008 for the PS3 so things have changed a lot since then. The project is also not affiliated with Sony at all and there’s no money being made through microtransactions or DLC unlike the original app. The project has been created purely to keep the PlayStation Home experience alive. Take a look at the trailer and let the nostalgia kick in. Find out more about the project here.