Well, it’s about damn time.
After delays upon delays, waning user interest, and endless rumors, Sony is finally launching PlayStation Home tomorrow, December 11th. It’s been over a year and a half since the app was announced way back at GDC 2007, but at long last, you’ll be able to mill around a Second Life-like virtual world with other PS3 owners. So Sony has kept its promise that Home would be released in 2008 -- I hope there aren’t too many of you who have lost money by betting otherwise, though I wouldn’t have faulted you for doing so.
Sony’s effectively pulling a Google here -- they’re saying that Home will launch in an “open beta,” so I’m assuming it’s going to be a very malleable product that will see constant updates and additions. Get ready to create your own Avatar-like digital doppelgänger so you can head into Home and chat it up (text or voice) with friends or (gasp!) complete strangers! Home will launch globally, although there’s some fine print in the press release -- check it out after the jump -- saying that it won’t be available in all regions.
It’s interesting to note that while Home itself won’t cost you anything -- you’ll be able to “experience basic features and services ... free of charge” -- there will, naturally, be special options available for those who want to fork over cash for virtual perks and privileges. These include creating a “club” to join up with gamers who have similar interests (?!). I’m also assuming that some of the premium content will have something to do with the advertising partners that Sony has brought to Home, such as Red Bull and Diesel.
Sony really seems to be throwing all its weight behind Home. North American gamers will have Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (see header image) and Far Cry 2 areas open to them at launch, with spaces for Warhawk, Resistance, Guitar Hero, and SOCOM to come soon afterward. There’s also mention of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Paramount Pictures using Home to promote their films. I don’t know if it’ll all be worth the wait, but I guess we’ll know soon enough. You can check out some new screenshots from Home in the gallery.
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