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Sony announces PlayStation Home service for gamers

updated 11:25 am EST, Wed March 7, 2007

Sony PlayStation Home

Updated with photos At today's ongoing Game Developers' Conference, Sony's Phil Harrison announced an initiative to draw gamers back to the company through social interaction. At the forefront is PlayStation Home, which mimics the Mii Channel of the Nintendo Wii in that PS3 owners can meet each other online in a 3D environment; unlike the Wii, however, Home users will be able to buy items such as clothing, apartments and decorations. Moreover, trophies and other objects won in PS3 games will have a 3D representation in Home, and a program called LittleBigPlanet will allow users to create their own games with material found on the network. Neither Home nor LittleBigPlanet have been given formal release dates. [via MarketWatch]

The PlayStation Home lounge area resembles Second Life, letting fellow owners find each other in a more socialized space.

Character creation is at least as advanced as for Second Life or the Wii and can result in personas very close to the actual user.

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