6 years after the official shutdown of the servers, PlayStation Home is back online thanks to a fan project, who have managed to recreate the app for PlayStation 3 and give the possibility to connect in public or private lobbies. This milestone came thanks to the collaboration between the Destination Home and PlayStation Online Network Emulated (PSONE) groups, both fan groups.
After a clue regarding the official return of the metaverse, Destination Home is a group that has been working on the reconstruction of the app for years, through the use of data directly from other users’ PS3 consoles. In this way the team managed, with a lot of patience, to reconstruct the squares, the apartment and many of the places that made Sony’s 3D hub famous.
Until recently it was possible to re-download the app only on modified consoles, without being able to connect online, but the collaboration with the PSONE group made it possible to return to the internet, exactly like when it came out. The same team also managed to recreate online servers for the title Motorstorm, which Sony had officially removed support in early 2010.
PSONE has therefore managed to emulate Sony servers, also allowing many other titles to be able to connect users to each other, despite the Japanese company’s support officially ending. To celebrate this news, the two projects have also released a video trailer, present in this news.
The tests were carried out on 23 November and seem to confirm the possibility of being able to connect online, although at the moment they have not yet given an official launch date for everyone. Hypothetically, it will be possible to explore the lobbies again and create parties in your apartment by the end of 2021, unless there are possible problems or bugs.
Both groups are keen to clarify which are in no way affiliated with Sony and refuse any kind of monetary donation, stating that their work was done simply to preserve the metaverse created on PS3.
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