Sony has announced another delay in the launch of PlayStation Home. It is a project for a 3D virtual world for users of the PlayStation 3 console, a sort of meeting place, exchange and encounter for the members of this community.
Initially, the project was announced in July 2007, Sony had stated that everything would be ready in the autumn of 2007, but officials have seen fit to delay the launch to spring of this year. However, Sony now indicates that the first testing service (beta) will be held next autumn.
In a statement issued yesterday, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment, Kazuo Hirai, said that the project is not yet ready: “We are well aware that we once again ask the current and future users of the PS3 to be patient, but we have come to the conclusion that we needed a little more time to improve the product, in order to be able to offer a product that comes out of the ordinary.”
PlayStation Home aroused much enthusiasm in the PS3 community. Any user will be represented by a virtual character (avatar), which may interact with those around him, in a village in 3D, just like life in the community; this environment will consist of public and private spaces.
Each member of PlayStation Home will have its own “apartment” where he can receive one or several people, listen to music, watch television, discuss with your partner or group, decorate the walls with photos, etc..
As for public spaces, they will house cinemas which will be presenting trailers for movies or games, there will be game rooms, where people can enjoy, alone or in a group, different arcade games, billiards or bowling.
Sony has already announced that the virtual world, which will be downloadable from PlayStation Store, should not exceed 500 MB of memory on the hard drive.