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December 22, 2010 // 9:14 pm - Sony Community Manager Locust_Star has announced that Xi is returning to PlayStation Home along with some special holiday items on the way.

To quote: This Thursday, December 23rd marks the return of one of the most popular games to ever grace the PlayStation Home platform.

The Xi Museum - a commemorative game space constructed solely for fans of the PlayStation Home exclusive Alternate Reality Game - consists of an updated Alumni hub plus three AlphaZone 1 spaces (Hexopolis, Maximum Tilt and the Text Adventure room) and four AlphaZone 3 mazes.

Play a variety of games in this collection of historic spaces to unlock a slew of collectible ornaments and explore the mysterious world of Xi.

The new and improved Alumni hub also includes a Xi Museum Shop, which has 11 unique items for sale - including full-size Maximum Tilt bikes for your personal spaces to your own version of Jess's Xi party apartment (can you figure out how to open the safe?).

You can also pick up your own Stapler active item for your apartment, who will share new words of wisdom with you every day, as well as an incredibly cute Stapler companion that can accompany you throughout PlayStation Home.

In the Holiday spirit of gift-giving, Lockwood Publishing releases a revolutionary item this week. The Lockwood Gift Machine is the answer to every user's shopping woes:

Simply visit the Sodium store in the PlayStation Home Mall this Thursday to pick up the Gift Machine for FREE (it even comes with 64 free Lockwood tokens - additional tokens are available for purchase) and then choose up to six people from your friends list, select an item from a preloaded range of Lockwood gifts, and the Gift Machine will gift wrap the item(s) and send it directly to the intended recipient(s)!

The PlayStation Home Mall gets another update this week with new Burn Zombie Burn costumes (because even zombies are in a festive mood these days), a line of new music items (including a boombox made for the chiptune music act 8 Bit Weapon.

This item includes remastered versions of crowd-favorites such as "Closer" and "Fallout in the Wasteland"), the World's Most Colorful Suit (understatement of the century), five versions of Chess for your personal space (!), and, of course, Jellyfish hats (which I am vowing to wear all throughout the remainder of the year).

Finally, the PlayStation Home Community Theater airs a new episode of the uber-popular PS Nation videocast this week. In the latest episode, the PS Nation crew waxes philosophical on the awesomeness that is Dead Nation and Hoard before gushing over the Killzone 3 beta (mechs, jetpacks, and melee kills - oh my!).

Shameless plug action: Check out the PS Nation podcast for an in-depth chat with Ilari Kuittinen of Housemarque (makers of Dead Nation). See you in Home!

Please note that, in observance of the Holidays, PlayStation Home will not update on Thursday, December 30th. The weekly PlayStation Home content publish will resume on Thursday, January 6th. We wish you all a wonderful Holiday season and look forward to another year of awesome content in 2011. Have a safe and fun New Year!

Sony Announces Xi Returns to PlayStation Home, Holiday Items

Sony Announces Xi Returns to PlayStation Home, Holiday Items

Sony Announces Xi Returns to PlayStation Home, Holiday Items

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