Xi Returns to PlayStation Home + Special Holiday Items

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This Thursday, December 23rd marks the return of one of the most popular games to ever grace the PlayStation Home platform. The Xi Museum – a commemorative game space constructed solely for fans of the PlayStation Home exclusive Alternate Reality Game – consists of an updated Alumni hub plus three AlphaZone 1 spaces (Hexopolis, Maximum Tilt and the Text Adventure room) and four AlphaZone 3 mazes. Play a variety of games in this collection of historic spaces to unlock a slew of collectible ornaments and explore the mysterious world of Xi.

The new and improved Alumni hub also includes a Xi Museum Shop, which has 11 unique items for sale – including full-size Maximum Tilt bikes for your personal spaces to your own version of Jess’s Xi party apartment (can you figure out how to open the safe?). You can also pick up your own Stapler active item for your apartment, who will share new words of wisdom with you every day, as well as an incredibly cute Stapler companion that can accompany you throughout PlayStation Home.

Xi for PlayStation Home

In the Holiday spirit of gift-giving, Lockwood Publishing releases a revolutionary item this week. The Lockwood Gift Machine is the answer to every user’s shopping woes: Simply visit the Sodium store in the PlayStation Home Mall this Thursday to pick up the Gift Machine for FREE (it even comes with 64 free Lockwood tokens – additional tokens are available for purchase) and then choose up to six people from your friends list, select an item from a preloaded range of Lockwood gifts, and the Gift Machine will gift wrap the item(s) and send it directly to the intended recipient(s)!

Gift Machine Sodium Store for PlayStation Home

The PlayStation Home Mall gets another update this week with new Burn Zombie Burn costumes (because even zombies are in a festive mood these days), a line of new music items (including a boombox made for the chiptune music act 8 Bit Weapon – this item includes remastered versions of crowd-favorites such as “Closer” and “Fallout in the Wasteland”), the World’s Most Colorful Suit (understatement of the century), five versions of Chess for your personal space (!), and, of course, Jellyfish hats (which I am vowing to wear all throughout the remainder of the year).

8 Bit Weapon for PlayStation Home

Finally, the PlayStation Home Community Theater airs a new episode of the uber-popular PS Nation videocast this week. In the latest episode, the PS Nation crew waxes philosophical on the awesomeness that is Dead Nation and Hoard before gushing over the Killzone 3 beta (mechs, jetpacks, and melee kills – oh my!). Shameless plug action: Check out the PS Nation podcast for an in-depth chat with Ilari Kuittinen of Housemarque (makers of Dead Nation).

PlayStation Home: PS Nation Podcast

See you in Home!

Please note that, in observance of the Holidays, PlayStation Home will not update on Thursday, December 30th. The weekly PlayStation Home content publish will resume on Thursday, January 6th. We wish you all a wonderful Holiday season and look forward to another year of awesome content in 2011. Have a safe and fun New Year!

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  • Return of Xi!!! YES!

  • Hey? Can we have a recap of special items that we might miss from Winter Wonderland during specific day? I mean… For example, Snowflake Staff was give on Day One, Festival Bells was given on Day Two… Can we do recaps on them after Christmas, but before New Year Eve is up? Pretty PLEASE??? PLEASE??? Thanx.

  • Whoa I missed Xi =)

  • Could care less about PSnation, but 8 Bit Weapon and the return of Xi is awesome!

  • A gift machine, awesome! Looks like I have ‘more’ gifts to give away. :)

  • Hmm didnt have the opportunity to get to know the last xi its awesome that they brought it back for the unfamiliar contenders XD

  • I Wish You a Merry♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Christmas♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ I Wish You a Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ♥ ♥ ♥ I Wish You A Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪…And A Happy New Year!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪…

    to you and your team!!

    goooo XI!

  • Hi,
    Thanks for all updates this 2010.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011…!!!
    See you on January 6


  • Hello Locust,im excited about the gift machine, specially since you can send a gift to your friend.
    I been asking for a TRASH CAN,there are MANY things i have, i DO NOT want, not even in Storage,If not, then lets us have a TRADE IN Program or let us send all the items we DO NOT want to our friends that have less than us and can put it to some use, which brings me to say that everytime i go to change clothes or redecorate my place,items i have placed in storage is back as NEW and its really P.ME.O .It shouldnt be a limit as how many things you can put in storage,every day or every week we`re buying new things , so the LIMIT sooner or later Becomes useless, and im passed that point, I also would like to see the PS MOVE COSTUME back in the store.

  • All we need now is to INCREASE our ACTIVE FURNITURE numbers! I mean… how can we keep getting stuff like chess tables and clocks and such if we can’t even display them all? :-(

  • Thanks Sodium and Sony! I will have to pick up these items. :)

  • I also would like to see the limit of items you can put in your personal place go up, at least 60. Which brings me to ask, when are we gonna be able to WATCH FULL LENGHT MOVIES is our personal spaces, i know that CRACKLE has full lenght movies so what gives.
    I do not want to see the POKER room back nor a TROPHY room,it would be a waste of space, which should be use to make CENTRAL PLAZA Bigger and Better looking,there are many spaces that people hardly go, so take them out and Improve Central Plaza, the Mall, Seaside….ETC

  • OH yeah! Bring on the sweetness of XI

    AKA “the Blog Stalker”

  • XI is back baby! So happy! I remember all the fun my friends and I had with XI in 2009 of PS Home. Keep the good updates coming!

  • Happy Holidays Locust_Star, GlassWalls, Jack Buser, and to therest of the Home team! :)

  • Sweet i got my ps3 back in june of this year so i never got to go to Xi i seriously cant wait!


  • Its been one hell of a year at Playstation Home. I just wanted to say thank for all of your hard work and here’s to a promising 2011. Happy Holidays and enjoy the time with your friends and family.

  • Home Mods?

    Why didn’t we get the Tester2 shirts for episode 7 the female Big Fazeek Shirt. And the Male and female War Princess Shirts. We didn’t get them last week and now there on to epusode 8 and we still didn’t get those 3 missing shirts.

    Are we gonna get these three missing shirts and if so when? Thanks.

    By: DCS

  • This update is looking exciting and big. Xi Museum. Some fans may actually go insane with happiness.

    Being able to give gifts has been on many people’s minds for a longtime. The monthly suggestion threads shows this. We’ve had a minor gift giving option with spaces where visitors can get costumes just for entering or playing a game in our personal spaces. But this is bigger. Thank you, Loscust_Star and SCEA. It’s been a wonderful and busy year. I know 2011 will be an even bigger one. Happy holidays, and keep it safe. Ciao!


  • nice update LS, been awhile since i was at XI and kudos on jess apartment :) that was a beautiful space.the free gift machine O_O this is the start of gifting our friends now, like we asked :) glad 2 see your listening to the community and giving the ppl what they ask for, again kudos. just keeps getting better and better.

  • I Wish You a Merry♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Christmas♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ I Wish You a Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ♥ ♥ ♥ I Wish You A Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪…And A Happy New Year!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪…

    I must say Home(ies) this is Outstanding News!
    What a closing out to the year than to be bringing some new( awesome update and great Home content) and something old ( The return of Xi).

    I missed ♥Xi♥ and I know alot of others did too.
    Does this mean the empty ♥ed location in my Favs will be Xi? I never un♥ed it…

    Thanks darkan12-nl for the Carol, I will use that all over the net this week. Merry Christmas to You too. And a Happy New Year!

  • I was just thinking the other day, how much longer it would take for chess to come to personal spaces :). The gifts are a good idea, but alot of people will probably receive the same gifts(Making that gift meaningless).

  • Can you bring back the PS MOVE COSTUME………MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF THE STAFF AND FAM. See you guys in 2011.

  • Wow… awesome. And gifting! About time. Home is really coming of age. Keep up the good work. : )

  • No new items for Jews?

  • Hmm.. I’ll pass on this weeks update..

  • hi. i know this probably isn’t the place to ask, but i’ve been trying to get into home for about 2 months now and it won’t let me. it keeps telling me to update it and then i press ok….. but then it turns off and restarts to the log in screen without updating it. I was wondering if there was a way to fix this, because i have been wanting to buy new things in home

  • OMGEEE Xi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • varelapaul, wait untill the HDD light stops flashing before hitting okay. Or delete Home and reinstall.

    To delete, highlight the Home icon on the XMB and press the TRIANGLE button. Choose DELETE. When the deletion is done, just INSTALL again. You will not lose your current Home settings.

  • Sounds great, so do you automatically get all of the gifts for yourself? lol And are we getting the winter update to SingStar tomorrow like EU? Thx.

  • Great end of the year update. Xi, those were the days. Can’t wait to have my own personal Stapler.

  • Last Update of the Year!

    So we didn’t get the Hudson Update this week then? AWW!

    Looks like 2010 has come to an end then.

    Maybe and Hope that 2011 is better.

    XI about time. YAY! Stapler!

    so Jess’s apt is gonna be a personal space. It won’t be the same then as it was a public space and everyone used to hang out there. Now it just be urself in the apt then. Not as fun… AWW!

    Sodium Gifts. So are the Credits they gonna sell the same Credit we get in the Sodium space and we can use those credits as well or are these Sodium Credits we buy now different?

    WAIT if theres no Update Next week on Thursday then. What are the plans for NEW YEARS then? Does no update next week mean we still get a NEW YEARS event or not?

    is there gonna be anything FREE tomarrow we should know about?


    By: DCS

  • I really can’t understand why HOME still feels so much separate than PSN…..i mean…..why should I bother spent my money on HOME clothes if very few and unknown people will see my avatar. Please make a comment for why is this so hard to view somebody’s HOME avatar from his PSN account

  • Happy Holidays and Greetings everyone! A giant thanks to the Home Team and to Lockwood for giving us my kind of surprise, the Gift of Gifting each other. How cool is that? And can’t wait to see Xi – Superrrrrr awesome. xD

  • No one has to spend money in Home. And if you do, just spend it on things that you will actually use. As for those “unknown people”, eventually in time some of them may not be unknown for very long.


    im so glad to see this Xi,.. i missed first one


  • Oh my!!! Those Maximum Tilt bikes drove me quite mad (not angry) in Xi. However, I suppose I shall have to purchase one for the memories of the joyfulness of madness. :)

    I am curious how many peeps will be walking with their Stapler companion. This could prove to be quite interesting.
    Population of Home: 8 million humans, 2 million Stapler companions.

    There’s some interesting stuff here indeed there is.

  • Ok hella excited about Xi. Will we be solving a mystery at all Locust?

  • Hey L_S is that one virtual item the santa riding the reindeer coming out tomarrow to? I really want it and didn’t see it in the update.. Have a merry christmas and a happy new year to you and glasswalls

  • Ah – the “return of Xi” – even as a museum. Can’t wait to see Jesse’s Apartment again – and Stapler

    Thanks for the update.

    Wishing the HCM’s and all the dev’s the Merriest of Christmas’


  • All I know is that “Home”, has changed SO much since I first came in 2008.If your reading this and you still are debating whether to come or not,your missing so much fun and holiday cheer just waiting for you behind that little Home chip on your XMB.

    Jelly fish hat all year Locust?…hehehe.
    Is that to match your jelly brain?..lol.
    JK man.Gotta give you a hard time dude..hehe

    Want you to know,You made my Holidays so much brighter.My mom is in the Hospital and “Home”, is my only get escape from life’s burdons at the moment.TY so much.
    From the heart as always..

  • Return of Xi and updated areas…so the people who already did Xi now have new stuff to go out and collect? And I can’t wait for Jess’ apartment :D

    Great update for once. Merry Christmas to the Home devs and everyone who works to make Home possible.

  • Still no Playstation Plus Item Rewards :(? L_S please bring this to NA soon… i beg of u :( these are the items im looking forward to get :( and im pretty sure that a lot of Playstation Plus members that loves home will appreciate it also!

    Also Thanks for the update… Have A happy holidays!

  • Oh and a quick question about the Playstation Plus Item Rewards… Will we ever get those rewards just like the EU server? Cause I’m putting my hopes up for these items… So I’m just curious about it… I will definitely appreciate it if you could answer my questions… Thank you! and again… Have a Happy Holiday!

  • Nice! Now I can experience Xi fully! Thanks!

  • PS Home is just getting better and better..
    What we just need is to extend furniture limit and active items limit. Then I’m happy.. (And able to open your room to the public)

  • wat items does the Gift Machine have? how many? can u use the Gift Machine for items for yourself? lol i need to know.

    when is a gran turismo 5 public space coming (better be awesome)? all the biggest games dont support public spaces in Home like killzone, mgs, gta, call of duty, dead space, need for speed, final fantasy, yakuza, heavy rain, mass effect, bioshock, battlefield, red dead redemption, batman, bayonetta, ninja gaiden, prince of persia, god of war, midnight club, tomb raider, unreal tournament, dirt, mirror’s edge, and sooooooooooo many more. c’mon fix this fatal issue.

  • Wow, talk about ending the year with a bang. I really hope I get a fixed/new PS3 for Christmas now, so I can check this and everything else I’ve missed since September out.

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