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Home Restrictions

Sony has done it! With its new announcement about Home region restriction. Sony has made Home access restricted to PS3 native region. Which means, if you have a US PS3, you'll be stuck with US Home citizens for the rest of your life! Unless you import a UK or Japanese PS3, you'll be locked out from the rest of the world! PSN accounts don't factor in for this restriction, so no use making a different-region account! It won't get you nowhere.

The same goes for both Europe and Japan. Supposedly, this initiative was made to optimize advertisements, since that's the whole reason Home is coming to be. Sony wants gamers (or citizens) of the same region to experience and see the same advertisements. Besides, it makes little business sense to show ads related to UK to US gamers! Optimization is the key word here.

Sony must've missed the whole point of its new social network place! I mean, wasn't the whole idea of Home to allow "friends" meet each other in this virtual world? Well, what if I or you had an oversea friend? What if all friends are actually in a different region?! I hope they change this soon, or it will spill disaster!


This seems overly restrictive of the possibilities that Home could produce. However, it makes complete since when you look at it from an advertising angle.

Thanks for reading!

August 16, 2008 at 11:51 PM  

Yeah, I agree.

Thanks for reading, too ;)

August 17, 2008 at 5:29 AM  

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