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In-Home Music/Photos Might Make a Return…

February 22, 2009 Written by Paulmichael Contreras

Written by Paulmichael temprix

Hopefully you can have frames in your own place soon...

Hopefully you can have frames in your own place soon...

Anyone remember the first few presentations given by Phil Harrison for Home? In a rather memorable one, he took a picture of the crowd using what was probably a Sony Ericsson phone, sent it to a certain address, and the picture magically showed up a few moments later in one of his in-Home picture frames. Now that the open beta is here, that feature, along with the ability to play your own music, has vanished. Well Home Community Manager TedTheDog has dropped a few hints that these much sought-after features could make a welcome return to Home, though most likely with some limitations…

Said TedTheDog in regards to these features:

We’re looking at just this. A means of allowing you to play your own music to just yourself within Home. If nothing else I guess the in-Game XMB music player would be better than nothing at all. However, we know music would be a very good thing.

…playing music to others is broadcasting and a licensing minefield and will take far longer if its at all possible.

Picture frames were more a moderation concern but I believe we’ll be better able to deal with this issue in the future once certain tools are available to the moderators. Therefore that policy can be reviewed then.

In-Home XMB would be welcome, but not ideal. Moderating picture content would be necessary, but let’s hope these tools and changes come sooner rather than later.

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