You’d be forgiven for thinking Second Life is the only virtual world in town, from the acres of press hype in the last year. And there’s no doubt that Linden Lab’s world has deserved many of the plaudits (and fat marketing expenditure) coming its way, having been arguably the first non-gaming virtual world to excite mainstream attention.
But it’s not alone. Industry body Virtual Worlds Management recently estimated that 35 virtual worlds companies had trousered over a billion dollars of investment in the last year (although that research has since been questioned, with some of those companies not actually being involved in virtual worlds, and $700 million of the figure coming from one acquisition).
Home, the sort-of Second Life online world for PlayStation3, has had its launch delayed until “Spring 2008,” according to Sony’s Japanese boss Kaz Hirai.
It’s an odd move – the beta test of Home has been running for months, and the leaked news and images of the online…
Is that the winds of changed opinions blowing? Actually, that last sentence sounds like an unholy mash-up of Bob Dylan and The Scorpions, which would be hellish. But the point is this: since last week’s GDC show in San Francisco, the buzz around Sony’s PlayStation 3 has taken a turn for the better.
Sony’s new PlayStation Home virtual world won’t address the issues that have resulted in pretty-much constant flak for its PS3 console in the last year. Criticisms of the console’s pricing and games line-up are both still valid, not to mention lingering resentment over the PS3’s delayed launch in Europe.
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…