This is a product that is currently in closed beta and with a TBA release date. Quite a few specific details about it are available at Welcome">http://kotaku.com/5072907/welcome-home-hanging-out-playstation-style]Wel... Home: Hanging Out PlayStation Style (WARNING: this is on a gaming related website but I could not find anything else that had a lot of these details), with information such as:
Quote:... theyaEU(tm)ve made an entire virtual world thataEU(tm)s supposed to bring your gaming, your music, your movies and even your sense of style all together in one place. This is definitely a step up from the Mii Plaza.
Also, the Wikipedia article at PlayStation">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_Home]PlayStation Home has information such as its history (including that its launch has already been delayed a few times) and some other details about it such as:
Quote:Photographs and video released by Sony show Home users meeting in a plaza/town square type of area. They also show users in their own apartments with their own choice of decor and furnishings. Users can also invite other users to their apartments.
In the world outside of the player houses, players can meet and chat with other community-members. One can invite their friends, hang out and communicate via voice chat, or normal text chat, listen to music, play a game or exchange content. People who enter each other's "home" (called a "HomeSpace") can stream the host's music and videos from their HDD. Videos are viewed via virtual Sony TVs, such as the BRAVIA. Photographs can be viewed via a virtual picture frame.
Every user has a private apartment space that they can modify and change over time. The basic apartment is free and will offer users lots of options for customization and personalization. In the future, Sony will provide tools that will enable users to have an even greater ability to create their own Home spaces and content.
Quote:The world of PlayStation Home will not only consist of players' houses, but there will also be arcade-games that can be played, as well as games like pool billiards and bowling.
Although this sounds a lot of like Second Life, and other such programs, it seems that Sony is trying to incorporate your real life aspects, such as your music, video and games, into their virtual world, that I don't believe these other programs do, or at least do very well (please correct me if I am wrong). My concern is that Sony is helping to further blur the distinction between a virtual life and real life, to the detriment of people, in particular addicts, that are already having trouble telling the two apart, especially in terms of living in the real world instead of a virtual one.
- John O.
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