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PS4: Is BigFest The New Home?

David Lynch

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Sony files a new trademark for what could be a Home-like service for the next-gen PS4.

Published on Jan 30, 2013

Sony has filed a trademark for a service called 'BigFest' hinting that it could be looking to evolve its Home service for its long-rumoured next-gen console, the PS4.

Sony trademarked BigFest (first seen by AGB) and the trademark describes it as an ‘interactive’ space for players to view web sites as well as other social networking services.

The BigFest description says:

“Hosting on-line web facilities for interactive game play; hosting web sites of others for video and computer games or parts of video and computer games created by others on a computer server for a global computer network.”

As well as:

“Introduction and social networking services, namely introducing video game players to each other for the purposes of playing multiplayer games online, participating in online games communities and competitions and online player networking and social introduction.”

It sounds a lot like what the PS3’s Home service provides. Would Sony really consider launching a rival service this close to the reveal of a new generation of consoles, or, is it more likely that this is a planned service for the PS4?

 

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