This time, we put questions to Sony on presence, navigation, features and moderation within Home…
What’s the function of the lobby and what is the maximum number of users that can be in a lobby?
“The lobby is the central meeting place where you can meet new friends or arrange to meet old friends, before transferring to a private meeting place. The current maximum of concurrent users in a lobby is 64.”
So how do you make sure friends are present in the same space?
“You can invite them via your friends list or invite them to your personal Home space.”
How will we all go about finding people within the Home world?
“We will have search functions for finding people online and offline, and for finding lobbies.”
Will you create lobbies by countries/regions?
“Yes, although users can choose where they want to go.”
How many avatars can I have?
“The current plan is for each Network account to be able to build one avatar, although you can have as many accounts as you like, giving you endless avatar options. Home is the human face of PlayStation Network, and your avatar is how you represent yourself. However, it will be possible to change your appearance, through customising your character and adding accessories, so you’ll be able to constantly re-invent yourself should you so desire.”
And I’ll be able to customise my avatar?
“Avatars are fully customisable with different facial features, height, weight, sex, hair styles, clothing, accessories, etc.”
What about using game characters as my avatar? Or can I use photo data to personalise my avatar (such as using photo data as the skin for my avatar’s face)?
“Not initially - however, we will extend the variety and selection of characters over time, including game characters and pets. Photo data is not supported at this time - however, the face customisation is very detailed and allows an almost infinite variety of faces to be created.”
Can you enter a game like MotorStorm quickly through Home without having to travel to the specific MotorStorm lobby?
“Currently, users can find each other in Home, and then arrange to go off and play MotorStorm at the same time. Eventually, users will be able to meet in Home and seamlessly launch into a game of MotorStorm. Similarly, users will be able to exit to Home directly from the game.”
What about the Hall Of Fame rewards - how are they going to work?
“Users receive points for in-game achievements. More details regarding this will be made available closer to launch.”
What is the policy on acceptable behaviour?
“Within our public spaces, Home follows the same rules and guidelines as the Network with regard to age stipulations and acceptable behaviour. Home uses all the same age controls as the PS3 system software. Private spaces will not be monitored unless abuses or violations to our policies are reported by a user.”
Will we be able to make complaints about other users?
“Of course. We will operate a system of logging complaints with our moderators, which will then be investigated. If necessary we are able to take away a user’s login rights and ban them from the service.”
How much freedom will people have in their private spaces?
“Our policy is not to actively police private areas, and a user cannot be invited to another user’s private space until they have accepted an invitation to be on their buddy list. However, the complaints process will still operate in these private spaces, so if people feel that they have been subjected to inappropriate behaviour while in someone’s private space, they will be able to lodge a complaint by the usual process.”
What means of moderation will be in place for abusive language?
“We will have a basic text profanity filter, though, as noted above, text and voice will be turned off for users not of age.”