It seems the speculation earlier this week wasn’t so wide of the mark. Last night, Sony took the wraps off not one, but TWO virtual worlds for its PS3 console. PlayStation Home is a Second Life style community, while LittleBigPlanet is a virtual world with more of a collaborative gaming spin.
Users of PlayStation Home will be able to design their own avatars, and then chat via text, audio and video in public spaces, as well as decorating their own apartments within the world – including the ability to play videos, photos and other content stored on their PS3 hard drive.
Meanwhile, LittleBigPlanet is more focused around gaming, with players exploring the world, collecting items, and collaborating to solve puzzles. Sony says the aim is to get players creating and modifying their surroundings, and then uploading the results so other people can interact with it.
PlayStation Home will go into a closed beta test this Spring, before launching properly later in the year. Meanwhile, a sample version of LittleBigPlanet will be available in Autumn, before its full launch early next year.
For more details, check the story on Techscape.