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Sony's PlayStation Home gets cellphone hook, more

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Wed July 11, 2007

PlayStation Home Mobile

Sony today added a new social networking element to its still in development PlayStation Home service, extending the normally PS3-only service both to cellphones and the web. Owners of Sony-Ericsson phones such as the W880 will see an extra feature in their crossbar interface that lets them upload photos and other content to their personal spaces in the 3D world, appearing as portraits. A social networking website will join up with this feature to let users browse these visuals (including captures of the space itself) and chat from any computer.

Other additions are coming as well that will make Home more immediately useful for gamers, Sony adds. Users will no longer have to back out of Home to play a game and can load any Blu-Ray or downloadable game directly from a pop-up menu. SingStar games in particular can play directly from Home itself. Casual gaming will also be easy to access with the main lobby containing multiple easy-play games that can be played without interruption.

No changes have been made to Home's launch schedule, which still has the community service exiting beta in the fall.




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