PS Home gets LittleBigPlanet paintball

As beefy patch 1.4 arrives.

Today, PlayStation Home is transformed - big patch 1.4 has arrived. We knew that was coming, but we had no idea multiplayer LittleBigPlanet paintball was on its way.

More accurately, it's a paintball shooting range called LittleBigPlanet Derby. That's because the more targets you hit the further your horse-riding Sackboy moves across the screen.

You're not supposed to play alone but with up to seven other people. It's all very pretty in a LittleBigPlanet way, and the splattering paint literally adds plenty of colour.

PlayStation Home 1.4 brings with it a new wardrobe, new grouping, new voice chat, new character status flags and new menus. There's now cross-invite support, too.

Sony asks you to note: "When you start Home to apply the 1.4 patch please wait for the orange hard drive activitylight to stop flashing on your PS3 before commencing the patching process."

Full patch notes are on the PlayStation Home official forums.

New features

Groups

  • You can now create groups in Home.
  • Groups consist of up to 8 different people.
  • You may invite your friends and anyone in the same space as you to your group.
  • Groups work no matter where anyone is in Home - different public spaces, personal spaces or club houses.
  • Groups have their own voice and text chat channels that work between all group members wherever they are in Home.
  • If you leave Home then you leave your group.
  • If the leader leaves a group then leadership is automatically transferred to another member of the group.
  • The chat log has two tabs "Text" and "Voice". The text tab handles all text chat while the voice tab handles all voice chat.
  • Communication in the chat log has been separated into multiple chat channels.

The Chat Log

  • Local: The existing proximity based text chat in a space.
  • Group: Text and voice chat through the group channel. Works between all group members anywhere in Home.
  • Club: Text and voice chat through the club channel. Works between all club members anywhere in Home. (You can only be in one club channel at a time. If you are in multiple clubs then you can switch the channel between each one.)
  • Each channel has its own prefix and colour scheme so that you can tell them apart in the chat log and understand where chat is coming from. (As part of this change we have removed the display of custom pop-up colours from the chat log.)
  • The label on each tab is coloured and prefixed according to the channel you will send chat to if you type or speak.
  • Text: Complementing the telephone call system you can now send private text messages to other people through the chat log as well.
  • Voice: The voice tab lists all of the people in your current voice channel along with a status icon which indicates: Speaking, Has microphone, Does not have microphone, Blocked, ignored or muted
  • In addition to the standard menu options there are special slash commands for switching channel or sending private messages quickly: "/local" or "/l"; /l hello; "/group" or "/g; /g howdy"; "/club" or "/c; /c greetings; "/privatemessage", "/private" or "/pm";
  • In the case of a private message you also need to specify who the message will go to.

Wardrobe

  • We have replaced the old wardrobe background that was tied to the Harbour Studio apartment with a simpler, more neutral one that loads more quickly.
  • You can now tag "favourite" items in the wardrobe.
  • It is possible to filter the wardrobe view to only display favourite items, purchased items, rewards or recently acquired items.
  • Each category in the wardrobe can have the items in it sorted by time acquired and when it was last used.
  • New items will have a new icon on them (as will categories that contain new items).
  • There is a storage section into which you can put items that you don't use very often. Putting some of your items into storage will mean: The wardrobe loads faster (and depending on how much is being stored Home may load faster as well). There will be fewer items to scroll through in each category.
  • You can browse your storage section and swap items back into your main wardrobe whenever you want to. You can keep a maximum of 500 items in your main wardrobe at any one time. The rest go into storage. When you load Home for the first time after the patch we will automatically put some of your items into the storage trunk if you happen to have more than 500 items already.
  • There is a new "Both Ears" category in the wardrobe.
  • The "Glasses" and "Headphones" categories have been replaced with "Face Accessory" and "Head Accessory".
  • Within each category the first option will keep your current selection.
  • Your character can now be set into one of several different statuses:

Character status

  • Normal
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Confused
  • Busy
  • Wants help
  • Wants to chat
  • Wants to play
  • Setting a status will update the information in your character label and in some cases may change the expression on your character's face and your idle animations.

Improvements

Menu Pad and the Navigator

  • We have added a simplified carousel of three main options (Navigator, Wardrobe and Settings) to the first page of the Menu Pad. All of the existing menus can be found under "Settings" now. The carousel view can be turned off in the settings if you wish.
  • The Navigator can be accessed directly in Home by pressing and holding [START] without having to go through the Menu Pad.
  • Extra icons have been added to the side of each space in the Navigator to indicate if this space is a favourite and whether it has any friends in it.
  • There are extra options in the Menu Pad and Home Safe Screen for setting preferences as to how much of the new character labels you want to see.

Character labels

  • There are extra options in the Menu Pad and Home Safe Screen for setting preferences as to how much of the new character labels you want to see.

Cross game invites

  • Home now fully supports cross game invites.
  • If one of your friends is online but not in Home you can use the Menu Pad or Navigator friend list to invite them to join you.
  • When the friend accepts the invitation they will automatically load Home and be transported to your location.

Loading screen

  • The loading screen has been simplified.
  • Helpful tips are displayed while you are loading.

General

  • Access to Home is now restricted by parental control level (set on the console) as well as age (set on the PSN account) in each region.
  • The audio system has been optimised and improved.
  • Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound is now correctly supported.
  • Added support for Polish fonts.
  • Game camera collision has been improved so that there should be fewer instances of it cutting through objects or sticking out of the scene.
  • The majority of videos in Home will now start playing more quickly (before they have been fully downloaded).
  • The anti-aliasing has been improved. This should mean higher quality shadows and a slightly better framerate.
  • General optimisations to improve performance and framerate.
  • Log in times have been improved once more.
  • You can now zoom into screens while seated.
  • The shadows and lighting in the Harbour Studio apartment have been improved.
  • The club menus have been simplified and made easier to use.

Bug fixes

  • System and network stability has been improved.

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