Sony Brings the PS3 "Home"
Sony gave a look at a funky virtual world they've got in development for PlayStation 3 owners today.
Called "Home," it's an online world designed to work as a meeting place for PS3 owners, complete with customizable virtual apartments. The idea is that gamers will meet, hang out and socialize in this virtual space, before firing up a game and playing together.
And it's not just about games, Sony says. If a PS3 owner has photos, music or movies stashed on his (or her) console, they'll be able to share that content with their other PS3-owning friends online. The virtual world will also have movie theaters and a "hall of fame" section, where people who are really, really good at some game or other will get to see their names up in (virtual) lights.
For PS3 owners, the service-- or whatever you call it-- will be a free download. A beta test for "Home" is scheduled to start in April and the real thing is scheduled for a fall release.
Sony game studio head Phil Harrison unveiled the virtual world during a keynote speech at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco today, saying that the company was inspired by sites that are made up of user-driven content, like YouTube and MySpace.
The PS3's multiplayer options aren't too slick at the moment, and PS3 owners don't generally seem to be suffering from an excess of great PS3-only games. But this Home thing looks like something that could make the console wars a lot more interesting. Watch the promotional video below that Sony produced.
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