PlayStation Home Nostalgia Grows Thanks To Metaverse Rave Video

Nostalgic fans remember one of PlayStation’s more obscure offerings from the PS3 era, thanks to a Metaverse rave video circulating on Twitter.

A video of a rave occurring in the Metaverse has Twitter feeling nostalgic about Sony’s Playstation Home social game app. PS Home originally made its beta debut back in 2008 during the early days of the PlayStation 3. It allowed registered PlayStation Network users to create an in-game avatar and interact with others in an online social space. Players would customize an apartment with items from various Sony products or games that friends could visit. Additionally, players could launch certain games from PS Home that other players could join if they owned the same game. PS Home would survive until 2015, when Sony decided to shut down all servers. It would never leave beta, but it retained a small and loyal player base until the end.


The concept of the Metaverse has made its way throughout the gaming industry over the last year. But it wasn’t until Meta, formerly known as Facebook, committed to developing it and exposing more people to it that many developers began investing in the platform and developing NFT (Non-fungible Tokens) assets in games. In recent months, various developers have unveiled NFTs, though some developers, like the team behind STALKER 2renounced NFT plans following controversy.

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Twitter user and NFT fan Alex Moss posted a video of a rave happening on blockchain game Decentraland. In the video, various avatars are standing and jumping around in the game while a video stream plays on several screens. Other users immediately began making comparisons to PS Home and Second Life, another similar social game for PC and Mac from 2003. Some posted pictures of the PS3 game compared to the Decentraland video, adding to the nostalgia. Many surmised that PS Home was ahead of its time in predicting the early versions of the Metaverse.

User TheCarlosFontes‘s comparison between PS Home and Animal Crossing is interesting. Both games featured the ability to visit another player’s home, customize an avatar, and just hang out in a virtual space. other PS Home fans would agree with their sentiment of the game being a success if a new version appeared at the start of the pandemic in 2020. Other games like VR Chat or Roblox already have something very similar, and both have millions of concurrent players each month. One must wonder if PS Home trending might get Sony interested in bringing the service back online.

PS Home could be a new feature for PS5 owners or even spread to PC, considering Sony’s trajectory with the platform. Having the ability to hang out online with friends also makes sense with how the PS5’s UI works. Players could be in the game, hanging out in a virtual apartment, and everyone there could jump into a game while using the cards to switch to the game. In essence, a new PS Home could work like the pod from Little Big Planet, where friends could jump in and mess around between levels.

Although PS Home is trending on Twitter, it’s unlikely Sony would consider bringing back the game. However, it may be more inclined due to Microsoft’s recent purchase of Activision Blizzard and the fact that this sale led Sony to lose $20 billion in stock in a day. Nevertheless, if Sony does bring PS Home from beyond the grave, there already seems to be a market for it.

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Source: AlexMoss/Twitter, 9_Volt_/Twitter, GCorner101/Twitter, TheCarlosFontes/Twitter

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