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  Sony Expands ‘PlayStation Home’ Microworld [Updated]  
Posted 2007-07-12 by Tony Walsh
Sony spokespeople presented in person and in avatar form during an E3 press-conference yesterday. Among their announcements were expansions to PlayStation Home, an online microworld serving as a lobby from which games and other media are experienced.

According to an emailed press-release, a newly-designed "Home Square" will replace the lobby concept starting this fall, described as an "open air space" intended to give Sony developers more freedom to build upon the Home service (not sure how an open air space accomplishes this--more virtual real estate, maybe?). Four new virtual apartments were introduced, including a Beach House, Norwegian Cabin, Manhattan Penthouse and a traditional Japanese House, places where avatars can gather and share content. I still haven't seen Home in person, but it seems terribly dull.

[Update: Joystiq live-blogged from E3 that Home is coming to mobile phones; users can send mobile pics directly to Home; a social networking service links Home into the web. I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned in Sony's original press release.]
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