Today SCEE Home Community Lead Alex Weekes has announced that PlayStation Home Client Update 1.4 arrives during scheduled maintenance on November 11, 2010.
To quote: Today I can finally announce a release date for the newest client update for PlayStation Home and also share some of the exciting new and revised features!
So, without further ado: PS Home client update 1.4 will be released during maintenance next Thursday, 11th November. Once maintenance is complete, you’ll be able to update your client and begin enjoying new ways of experiencing PS Home.
We’ll release a full rundown of new and revised features next week, however today we wanted to share with you those we find most exciting and know you’ve all been waiting for.
Clearly, this has been one of the most requested areas for improvement of the PS Home experience for some time. Especially in recent weeks, we’ve seen numerous calls for improvements to the wardrobe. I’ve had to bite my virtual tongue for some time as the development team has been busy working away on bringing sweeping improvements to the wardrobe for 1.4, including the following:
• The ability to mark items you use commonly as “Favourite” items – making them easier to relocate.
• Newly acquired items will be marked to make them easy to locate. This marking will also appear on categories that contain new items.
• Options for filtering and sorting items have been added, giving you more control over which items you see and how you see them.
Most importantly, however, there is a new “Storage” section added to the wardrobe where you can place rarely used items. For those with a lot of items in their wardrobe, placing items into storage will result in your wardrobe loading faster, and make it easier for you to browse your main wardrobe. Items placed in storage can be quickly restored to your main wardrobe should you need them.
New Group Feature and Chat Improvements
The new Group feature will allow up to 8 people to join together in a group. Groups have dedicated voice and chat channels that work regardless of where in Home each group member is located. New voice and chat channels will also be made available for clubs, making communication with your club friends much easier.
At this point, I suspect you’ve noticed my use of the phrase “voice chat” and stopped reading anything else. That’s right: 1.4 is expanding your voice chat options.
Both the Group and Club chat channels will have access to voice chat, making it easy for you to chat up a storm with your friends no matter where you are in Home, or what you are doing at the time. Me personally, I think the Group voice chat is just perfect for trash talking during a hand of Brimstone Poker or a frame of Pool.
Below are the full PlayStation Home 1.4 patch notes courtesy of YourPlayStationHome.com, to quote:
• You can now create groups in Home.
• Groups can consist of up to 8 different people.
• You may invite your friends and anyone in the same space as you to your group.
• Groups work no matter where anyone is in Home – different public spaces, personal spaces or club houses.
• Groups have their own voice and text chat channels that allow all group members to communicate with each other wherever they are in Home.
The Chat Log
• The chat log has two tabs “Text” and “Voice”. The text tab handles all text chat while the voice tab handles all voice chat.
• Communication in the chat log has been separated into multiple chat channels.
- Local: The usual proximity-based text chat in a space.
- Group: Text and voice chat through the group channel. Works between all group members anywhere in Home.
- Club: Text and voice chat through the club channel. Works between all club members anywhere in Home.
- Things to note: You can only be in one club channel at a time. If you are in multiple clubs then you can switch the channel between each one.
• Each channel has its own prefix and colour scheme so that you can tell them apart in the chat log and understand where chat is coming from.
- As part of this change we have removed the display of custom pop-up colours from the chat log.
• The label on each tab is coloured and prefixed according to the channel you will send chat to if you type or speak.
• Voice: The voice tab lists all of the people in your current voice channel along with a status icon which indicates any of the following:
- Currently Speaking
- Has a microphone enabled
- Does not have microphone enabled
- Blocked, ignored or muted
• In addition to the standard menu options there are special slash commands for switching channel or sending private messages quickly:
- “/local” or “/l”
- “/group” or “/g
- /g howdy”
- “/club” or “/c”
- /c greetings
- “/privatemessage”, “/private” or “/pm”
- In the case of a private message you also need to specify who the message will go to. For example:
- /pm how are you?
- There is a quick reply command to respond to your most recent private message with the “/reply” or “/r” command. For example:
- /r I’m fine thank you
• We have replaced the old wardrobe background that was tied to the Harbor Studio apartment with a simpler, more neutral one that loads more quickly.
• You can now tag “favourite” items in the wardrobe.
• It is possible to filter the wardrobe view to only display favourite items, purchased items, rewards or recently acquired items.
• Each category in the wardrobe can have the items in it sorted by when they were acquired and when they were last used.
• New items will have a ‘new’ icon to make them easier to spot (as will categories that contain new items).
• There is a storage section into which you can put items that you don’t use very often. Putting some of your items into storage will mean:
- The wardrobe loads faster (and depending on how much is being stored Home may load faster as well).
- There will be fewer items to scroll through in each category.
• You can browse your storage section and swap items back into your main wardrobe whenever you want to.
- You can keep a maximum of 500 items in your main wardrobe at any one time. Any additional items will go into storage automatically.
- When you load Home for the first time after the patch we will automatically put some of your oldest items into the storage trunk if you happen to have more than 500 items already.
• There is a new “Both Ears” category in the wardrobe.
• Within each category the first option will keep your current selection.
• Your character can now be set into one of several different statuses:
- Wants help
- Wants to chat
- Wants to play
• Setting a status will update the information in your character label and in some cases may change the expression on your character’s face and your idle animations.
Important Note: The default “Normal” face no longer has a smile on it. Instead the players must select “Happy” to get the smile back.
Menu Pad and the Navigator:
• We have added a simplified carousel of three main options (Navigator, Wardrobe and Settings) to the first page of the Menu Pad.
- All of the existing menus can be found under “Settings” now.
- The carousel view can be turned off in the settings if you wish.
• The Navigator can now be accessed directly in Home by pressing and holding [START] without having to go through the Menu Pad.
• Extra icons have been added to the side of each space in the Navigator to indicate if this space is a favourite and whether it has any friends in it.
• Now the player will have a direct access the screen to purchase the latest recommended avatar items from the Navigator instead of transiting the shopping mall.
• There are extra options in the Menu Pad and Home Safe Screen for setting preferences as to how much of the new character labels you want to see.
Cross game invites
• Home now fully supports cross game invites.
• If one of your friends is online but not in Home you can use the Menu Pad or Navigator friend list to invite them to join you.
• When the friend accepts the invitation they will automatically load Home and be transported to your location.
• The loading screen has been simplified.
• Helpful tips are now displayed while you are loading.
• Access to Home is now restricted by parental control level (set on the console) as well as age (set on the PSN account) in each region.
• The audio system has been optimised and improved.
• Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound is now correctly supported.
• Added support for Polish fonts.
• Game camera collision has been improved so that there should be fewer instances of it cutting through objects or sticking out of the scene.
• The majority of videos in Home now use progressive download and so should start playing much more quickly while they download in the background.
• The anti-aliasing has been improved. This should mean higher quality shadows and a slightly better framerate.
• General optimisations to improve performance and framerate.
• Log in times have been improved once more.
• You can now zoom into screens while seated.
• The shadows and lighting in the Harbour Studio apartment have been improved.
Harbour Studio Apartment
• We have added some dynamic lights to the Harbour Studio apartment which can be turned on and off with a switch by the door.
• System and network stabilities have been improved.
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