Sony has rebranded for PlayStation Home for the second time this year, apparently confirming that the defunct social service PS3 could make a comeback on PS5.
To jog your memory, PlayStation Home was an online social space for PS3 owners – similar to VRChat – that launched in 2008 before shutting down in March 2015. But now, six years later, it looks like Sony is trying to revive the service – or at least its name.
According to an eagle-eyed Redditor who has been closely monitoring the entire PlayStation Home situation over the past few months, Sony filed a new trademark on July 21, 2021. In accordance with the trademark filing, Sony has obtained the European trademark. until October. 1, 2028 for “computer game software”.
Interestingly, the brand also involves London Studio and its Soho Engine, the developer of the OG software.
Sony has yet to confirm exactly what it plans to do with PlayStation Home. And honestly, chances are that this brand is just their way of perpetuating intellectual property and they actually have no desire to revive the software.
However, many fans were quick to speculate that it might have something to do with the “return to PSVR 2” rumor.
Considering that this filing comes months after Sony filed another trademark related to PlayStation Home in May, it is becoming more and more likely.
Honestly, that seems like the least Sony can give us as we live in a pandemic (and will likely be practicing social distancing until Australia comes to terms with its vaccine rollout). If I can’t throw a real party, I should at least be able to socialize virtually through PlayStation Home.
In a world where travel is dead, you can’t have a beer standing up and millions of Australians can’t even leave a 3 mile radius of their homes, PlayStation Home is what we need.
We’ve seen the success of in-game gigs from Fortnite before, and even the IRL Splendor In The Grass festival went VR this weekend to bring us the next best thing in live music, so we already know that the VR during the pandemic was successful, so it wouldn’t be particularly surprising to see Sony bring back PlayStation Home.
I mean, there has never been a better time to relaunch software.
And while you’re at it, bring EyeToy back. In fact, scratch that out, just remaster the best bits of PlayStation 1/2/3, and release a hit game to strike us all in nostalgia.
Come on, do it.