updated 04:10 pm EST, Tue December 9, 2008
Sony confirms Home by 2009
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has confirmed rumors on Monday that the long-awaited and much-delayed PlayStation Home online social service will launch later this month, albeit in a limited open beta form. While SCEA execs aren't specific about dates or exactly how users will get Home onto their systems, it has been believed a downloadable firmware upgrade and a download of the software itself will represent the delivery method.
Earlier this year, SCEA promised Home would launch in the fall, which was at least the second official delay from the electronics giant. Home was first announced back in March of 2007 and will allow users from around the world to interact with each other and set up uniquely furnished apartments, virtual stores that can earn them virtual credits and play casual games. Users will be able to spend real money in the virtual world as well by shopping for games and products. Home also promises to double as an online interface for Sony's TV and movie offerings. [via Joystiq]