This past Thursday, September 29th, Sony released the latest update to PlayStation Home: version 1.55. For those of you who don’t know what Home is, you probably need to spend a little more time exploring your PS3, as there really is a lot of content buried in menus where Home is a pretty nifty find. This latest patch delivers a brand new start-up experience, multiple updates to the Wardrobe and Furniture browser, and general enhancements that Sony promises will result in improved stability and smoother operation. So, here’s what you need to know:
How to Apply the 1.55 Patch: If you are upgrading from an old version of Home (1.40 or earlier) then when you attempt to apply the 1.55 patch please wait for the orange “hard drive activity” light to stop flashing on your PS3 before commencing the patching process.
-Improved the layout, design, color scheme and text of the start-up flow.
-The start-up flow will now display a variety of information depending on how recently you last visited PlayStation Home.
Wardrobe and Furniture Browser:
-When you are browsing through a category of items in the wardrobe or furniture browser we now display the name of the object you have highlighted.
-There is an option in the Menu Pad under “Options > Settings > Personal > Clothing / Furniture Names” to change this behavior:
-Off: Switches the display of names off.
-Selected: Displays the name of the selected object only (default).
-All: Displays names for all objects.
-You can click [L3] to display more information about the highlighted object. This will pop up a menu showing:
Whether it is a purchase, reward or part of the default inventory.
Date of acquisition (if relevant).
-In addition to the name changes the overall speed of the wardrobe and furniture browser has been significantly increased.
-Added an option to manually clear the cache of data that Home creates on your HDD. This can sometimes resolve problems that you might be having. You can find it in the Menu Pad under “Options > Settings > Personal > Clear Cache”.
-There is an option to view “Help” from the carousel on the Menu Pad. This is only available to new users.
-There is an option to “Redecorate” on the carousel on the Menu Pad. This is only available when you are in your Personal Space or a Clubhouse that you own (i.e. somewhere that you can place furniture).
Loading Screen Tips:
-Different loading screen tips are now shown depending on how many times you have visited PlayStation Home.
-Continued work to improve stability.