Sony hopes to cash in on the massive success of Second Life, which claims to have 15m registered players around the world - albeit that the highest number active at any one time is about 76,000. It is, however, available only on a computer rather than a games console. To try Home, which is slated for release in the next 10 days, players must download a piece of free software from Sony's PlayStation store onto their own PS3.
From here they must create their own character, known as an avatar; they are then free to explore Sony's virtual lands complete with shops, apartments and cinemas. They can also meet and interact with other avatars from around the world, exchange ideas and play mini-games such as chess or 10-pin bowling. Avatars can dance together or blow each other kisses but, in case you're wondering, interaction will fall short of full-on sex, a popular option for many Second Life fans.