Think the image above was taken at E3 2010 in Los Angeles? Well guess what, it wasn’t! Sony recently unveiled their digital version of the E3 show floor inside PlayStation Home and, despite some of the gripes over the past two years, this new area is pretty darn impressive, and gorgeous to boot!
Upon entering the area, users are presented with a dazzling array of lights, displays and trailers, just like Sony’s actual floor show at E3. There is a plethora of mini kiosk islands with trailers playing along with special sections for specific games like Killzone 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, Twisted Metal and more. To the right there is a big screen with Sony’s press conference streaming for all to see, which is actually pretty convenient considering the size and amount it takes to download the full videos from the PlayStation store, so this should keep users content while they wait.
Did we mention that this space is detailed? Yes, everything from the Gran Turismo 5 race car kiosks down to the E3 cups and fliers are present, it’s insane. There is also a VIP section located on the 2nd floor with behind-the-scenes trailers for the upcoming Playground and Midway public spaces. Upon entering the VIP area, users will be awarded with in-Home 3D glasses and E3 2010 threads. In order to access the VIP area, users need only watch each of the seven trailers on the show floor. As users progress, an indicator will pop up notifying users when each of the following seven trailers have been considered watched:
- Twisted Metal
- Killzone 3
- LittleBigPlanet 2
- Gran Turismo 5
- Socom 4
- Medal of Honor
- PlayStation Move (Located in the PlayStation Move alcove)
The rewards don’t end there. Each day during the week, new furniture items will be given away for spending a few minutes in the space each day and watching the Home trailers in the VIP lounge.
- PlayStation Home Area Rug (Ended Tuesday)
- PlayStation Home Couch (Ended Wednesday)
- Dualshock 3 Glass Table (Thursday)
Codes for PS Move controllers and shirts also went out via Twitter, but have since been used up having had a limit of 10,000 uses. No word yet on if there will be more rewards throughout the week, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted. This has to be ranked as one of the coolest additions to Home since it hit Open Beta back in December 2008. We can only hope that the North American Home team continues to pump out these modern, well designed and, more importantly, functional spaces. While you’re here, if you don’t have a PS3 or don’t happen to be near one, feel free to take a look at a couple of our screenshots from within Home’s E3 2010 space below.