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If one console manufacturer is fully on board the social games movement, it appears to be Sony. The company just announced a slew of new features to its once rumored, now confirmed PlayStation Home community that aims to be the PS3′s user-generated epicenter. First up are […]

If one console manufacturer is fully on board the social games movement, it appears to be Sony. The company just announced a slew of new features to its once rumored, now confirmed PlayStation Home community that aims to be the PS3′s user-generated epicenter.

First up are details regarding the network itself. PlayStation Home will attempt to recreate the Second Life experience for PS3 owners, complete with customized avatars and outside advertisers. Gamers will be allowed to saunter the virtual realm, chat with other gamers, buy new digital threads at an unspecified price, play retro arcade games, and invite others to play online over the PlayStation Network. Furthermore, the network allows gamers to keep track of their accomplishments Xbox Live style, something that Nintendo Mii avatars currently don’t support outside of Wii Sports. Sony also disclosed details on their upcoming SingStar game confirming their desire to become the YouTube of karaoke.

These announcements are significant for several reasons. First, the embrace of in-game achievements and customized game avatars by Sony give credibility to what Microsoft and Nintendo have already done on their respective systems. Sony’s mashup of sorts could take the idea further. Second, Sony’s betting big on the social games movement, something that’s in its infancy. If they can execute that strategy, they’ve just significantly diversified their PlayStation revenue model. Lastly, with the world’s largest home console maker backing user-generated content, it’s likely its existence on consoles is here to say.

Keep in mind, however, that low barriers to entry are paramount to social media, and there’s nothing low about the PS3′s $600 ticket price. That hefty MSRP could continue to haunt the company moving forward despite adding several product features.

  1. Read: Sony can’t come up with anything, so they’re hoping users will as a means of justifying the $600 purchase. And with the complete lack of current games coupled with uncertaining about there being many in the future, they’ll have plenty of time to do so.

    In their room. With their PS3. Alone. All alone.

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  2. Read: Sony can’t come up with anything, so they’re hoping users will as a means of justifying the $600 purchase. And with the complete lack of current games coupled with uncertaining about there being many in the future, they’ll have plenty of time to do so.

    In their room. With their PS3. Alone. All alone.

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  3. Hehe – how is more like Second Life? More like Phantasy Star online structure with “social media” playing the background. And we are talking about media right, and not just social. They will have to go a long way beyond hanging real pictures in a virtual world to gain the name as the gaming social media platform. Sony needs to try a lot more harder than just social media as their gimmick, because SingStar and little free games in a virtual world will not suffice.

    We have to be real with ourselves of what online gaming is about – the convergence of the PC+gaming platform is far away – and those wanting social media will look in the areas they hear most and for online gaming they have the Xbox360.

    Oh wait – this was for the PS3 right? Just kidding but it is nothing to keep a smile on a PS3 owners face – sometimes growth on simplicity is best. Taking this move following others is just a stupid decision – I am going to play some Phantasy Star online so I can hang my collectibles from in game on walls and counters all over my virtual home.

    not impressed at all.

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  5. Playstation Home sounds exciting. Social games will be a good feature for the playstation community.

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  6. This is already on the web for mass audiences. At 3B.net people can create a personal 3D space, choose an avatar, import their myspace profile, and hang out and chat with their friends.

    One advantage of doing it on a computer is you are using your keyboard to chat. You often don’t use a keyboard on a games console.

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  8. Nothing new here.. just spamming out community and hoping people buy into it..

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