Sony builds ‘Home’ for Net denizens

In the wake of virtual worlds like Second Life and such file-sharing stalwarts as YouTube and Flickr, Sony Computer Entertainment is using its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable to usher in its own virtual online-connected community.

The initiative, dubbed “Home,” will allow gamers to create virtual avatars and congregate in 3-D homes and halls to socialize via text, audio or video chat; watch movie trailers or feature films; and play casual games. Gamers will be able to do all this via a free download that will be offered in the fall in the U.S. and Europe.

“Our vision for the future, Game 3.0, will continue our track record of industry advancement by leveraging the convergence of technologies, from broadband and video chat to supercomputer-speed processors, to make gaming more interactive and dynamic than ever before,” said Phil Harrison, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, during a keynote presentation at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Wednesday.

Sony also will explore user-generated video games, adding interactivity to the popular shared video craze. “LittleBigPlanet,” a game that will be available in the fall in shortform and in 2008 as an actual game, will allow players to create characters and interact physically with the game’s environment.

More info:  Reuters article

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