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Some might argue that PlayStation 5 comes with enough processing power and swish exclusives to put the previous generations to shame. Yet, there's one PlayStation 3 title that the community is sorely missing - and excitingly, Sony has recently renewed the trademark.
All PlayStation 5s come with the very excellent and very adorable Astro's Playroom, which is in essence a software demo for the console. However, it's chock-a-block with Easter eggs from the innumerable games on the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. In as much as it is an expertly made adventure with Astro, it is also a stroll, leap and punch through a virtual museum of all the things that earned this platform's place in homes and childhoods across the world. Additionally, as you tread the paths that are less travelled in its four levels, you'll stumble upon peripherals and gadgets for the PlayStation that are collected up and presented in a hall of fame.
Take a pew and watch us hunt down the nods to games gone by in Astro's Playroom right here.
One of these collectibles is the logo for PlayStation Home, the 3D social gaming space offering custom avatars and apartments, mini-games, and exciting events. Players hold PlayStation Home in their hearts as a place where they could interact with people from all over the world and share their love for the console and its games. At the time of its closure in 2015, it boasted 41 million members. Hardly a niche group of gamers.
There's actually a project in Dreams that recreates the social space and Destination Home is an effort to preserve the original game through reverse-engineering the files on PlayStation 3 consoles. Now, with the news that Sony has renewed the trademark for Home twice this year, these fans might have a lot to look forward to (cheers to Comicbook.com for the heads-up).
Might. While filing the trademarks on a certain title or software is a sign that the company is shifting its attention towards these properties, it isn't necessarily for the purpose of bringing these games back. A renewed trademark protects these properties from being pilfered by others, and as Sony hasn't commented on these two renewals, it's tough to say what its intentions are. What we do know is that plenty of players would love to see a revival of PlayStation Home and perhaps the company has tuned into those yearnings. We'll let you know when we learn more.
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