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Sony, Microsoft begin battle of virtual worlds

Sony and Microsoft are poised to do battle in virtual worlds.

The console kids both announced Second Life-style virtual environments at the Tokyo Game Show today. Both games show striking similarities to Linden Lab's creation

Players are represented by avatars which live a virtual life - engaging in relationships, going about day-to-day business. These can be personalised to look as similar (or different) to how the user looks in real life.

Sony's "Home" virtual world for the Playstation 3 will be released on November 19th, after its delay twice already. It will go up against Microsoft's Xbox 360 "New Xbox Experience".

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nbsmatambo3236d ago (Edited 3236d ago )

finally..

it better be polished and ready to go with all the time they had

johover1123236d ago

Im also ready to go Home, about time i heard a release date, YEA!

C_SoL3236d ago

because Home is almost at version 1.0.

play_b3yond3236d ago

I think it is true. Sony is releasing LBP with Fable II, Resistance 2 with GeOW 2, so why not release Home with the New Xbox Experience and finish Xbox 360's lifespam this year instead of letting it to be around for another year.

johover1123236d ago

I like the way you're thinking man. oh and also Final Fantasy Versus 13 would be the iceing on the cake

sunnygrg3236d ago

One day after my birthday. What a nice belated treat from Sony.

Lanoire3236d ago

With
LBP
Home
WKC
R2
Motorstorm 2
WipeOut HD
Fat princess
SOCOM

The PS3 certainly has the best line up ever seen.

BobDog3236d ago (Edited 3236d ago )

@ above, ur not looking forward to kz2, gt5 infamous and GOW3?

Saint Sony3236d ago

Someone is trying to give HOME another delay status. This date is not official before Sony says so. I would not expect Home any day soon.

There are more than enough games for holiday season, so actually I would not be surprised if they would push it to 2009 release.

Lanoire3236d ago

I merely stated the 2008 line up in my post above.
2009 is a whole different ball game with KZ2, Infamous, God of war, Heavy Rain, EyePet, Mag and more.

LoVeRSaMa3236d ago

Sounds good, hope its ready though!

SL1M DADDY3236d ago

Home is an ongoing service that will improve with each new addition to the virtual world. In other words, it will be like fine wine, it will get better with age.

Ateanboy3236d ago

I hate it when people put title's like this, fooling people into clicking on the link, when the information hasn't even been confirmed yet.

We don't know if this is legit.

Sony hasn't said anything yet.

So don't make crazy headlines like this.

whoelse3236d ago

I think this guy just got it wrong. XBE comes out on the 19th, not Home.

TheDude2dot03235d ago

I'm just hoping they can perfect it for the PS4 when that comes out.

INehalemEXI3235d ago

TGS 08 sony booth recreated in home -> http://www.gametrailers.com...

Sick..

INehalemEXI3235d ago (Edited 3235d ago )

Chun li model in home -> http://www.gametrailers.com...

Seems like Home is really going to drop this time.

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ape0073236d ago

home will give psn a TRUE identity

VP of Troll Corp3236d ago (Edited 3236d ago )

Home, sweet Home..I know that was lame but anyways

I'm in the Home Closed Beta and it's like nothing else!

I've met about 15 people that I added to my friend list and I play with constantly! It's cool cus you get to know PEOPLE not what the best gun in Call of Duty 4 is.

Home needs to be released so everyone can enjoy it!

It's in version 0.98 so 1.0 should be releasing soon. A couple months ago Didn't a Sony rep say "I'm 100% sure Home will be released by the end of the year."

I love Home :D

Omegasyde3236d ago

???? Seriosly did he just pull a date out of his @ss????

ChrisGTR13236d ago

true, sony hasnt said a release date. only that itll be 'a month' after FW 2.5

rhood0223236d ago

It makes for a more compelling story line for game journalists to just make up release dates. Plus, if you throw out a concrete date it tends to catch on rather quickly around the internet and gets ingrained in the minds of the people who read these sites as fact. Even if the company comes out and denies it, the fact that the concrete date was even mentioned sticks with people. It's like telling someone to not think of the color blue.

In the case of HOME, the results then go like this:

If it releases before the date, then game mags, blogs or whatever can write up how "Sony surprised everyone" by releasing it early. If these sites then find something that they don't like, either valid or not, then they can push the storyline of how Sony failed to deliver on their promises. Or how Home shipped as an unfinished product and Sony should have taken more time to "get it perfect," whatever that is in an ambiguous definition.

If it releases after the date, then writers can continue to use the "OFTEN DELAYED" label when doing their comparison stories. Moreover, these journalists can continue with their "Is Home worth it?" "Will anybody care about Home?" "Will it move console?" stories instead of actually having to come up with new material.

ugabugaz3236d ago

I don't wanna be Home(Less) Anymore! Sony give me a place to live!

TheColbertinator3236d ago

I noticed the contributor had some fun with the story description.

play_b3yond3236d ago (Edited 3236d ago )

What's up with Sony. Are they trying to kill Xbox right now or what. They are releaing LBP with Fable II, Resistance 2 with Gears of War II and Home with the New Xbox Experience.
LBP >>>>>>> Fable 2
Home >>> New Xbox Experience
Resistance could be as good as Gears 2, better than Gears 2, or worst than Gears 2. We just have to wait for them to be released.
So right now it is 2 to 0 for Sony. I'm putting my money down on Sony wining 3 to 0 because I'm sure Resistance will do better than Gears of War II.

JOLLY13236d ago

Wanna know what is more intersting. The THis submitter has only done this one thing this month. nasim.....I mean this submitter hasn't been on here for months! Yet he is already a submitter?. Now that is something to notice.

eric1003236d ago (Edited 3236d ago )

good points there

cant believe MS is releasing Fable 2 on the same day as LBP?
HOME kills new Xbox FLoperience
I agree . Resistance 2 is atleast as good as Gears 2 if not way better
Ofcourse WKS will totally kill wii in Japan on december 25th

as for europe was x360 ever relevant. same goes to Japan
I think LBP will finish off competition for SONY this Fall and beyond

BTW remeber what happened to Ninja Gaiden 2 which was released against MGS4? It mega flopped and made Tecmo bankrupt

caffman3236d ago (Edited 3236d ago )

but lets face it, Gears has gone gold already. Resistance will not match the sales of gears.
And Fables release date has been public knowledge a lot longer than LBP. And why should it be a competiton between them? They are completely different games.
And nothing will kill Wii. Its sold possibly more consoles than the ps3 or xbox will sell this gen!
Oh and Nasim, stop trying to use yet ANOTHER login (eric) because you are as obvious as an elephant in a cherry tree

Fallen Empire3236d ago (Edited 3236d ago )

PS3 FTW

Hydrolex3236d ago

Xbox 360 officialy DIES !!!!!!!!! OMGGGGG

play_b3yond3236d ago

@ eric100
Actually Sony is releasing LBP on the same day as Fable 2 and Resistance 2 on the same day as Gear of War 2. Now they are releasing Home on the same day as New Xbox Experience. It can't all be a coincidence. I'm sure Sony is releasing all their games on the same day as Xbox games on purpose because they know they will win.
LBP will probably win game of the year award and there is no doubt it is better than Fable II. Home will eat NXE up easily. You can do lots of different stuff in Home but in NXE all you can do is make an avatar which you can make on Yahoo as well. I also think Resistance 2 will be better than Gears of War II. Now I'm sure Sony is going to win this holiday season even with the higher prices. Even if xbox drop prices again I think Sony will win anyways.