Sony Home and Second Life
Alex the 16 yo sent me an email this morning. I am the onlyperson he emails because he cannot text-message me. He isexcited about Sony's announcement of Home at the San Francisco GamingDeveloper Conference http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3157797. Fifteenminutes later, I read about Home in the Wall Street Journal, so theremust be something to it for even us email-laggards: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB117331459114130286.html?mod=technology_main_whats_news
Looks as though Home is Sony's version of Second Life as developed forthe PlayStation audience. As teens are constantly exploring whothey are and could be, maybe Home will work for this market. Iobsevered with the advent of PS2 how Alex and his friends wouldseparate on a Saturday evening to go home and get together on-line toPlay Navy Seals SoCom. Certainly, Sony is motivated by therelatively poor adoption of PS3 as Xbox and Wii - surprisingly- aremore popular in the market place. Fodder for another discussionis 'what has happened to Sony?!' Inventors of the Walkman andowners of an enormous music library have lost out to the iPod and nowthe Playstation 3 appears to be an expensive computer brought to marketwithout the user in mind. The PS3's promising capabilities willeither come later or cost more on top of the $600 acquisitionsprice. On the other hand, the portable Playstation, PSP, released18 months ago has a terrific screen, plays multiple formats of music,can wirelessly surf the web, costs $250 or less and was adopted only bythe hard-core PS-2ers like Alex.
Back to Home: interesting is that it will be available both on thecustomer's TV set and not limited to PCs as is Second Lifecurrently. I cannot wait for the iPhone and I may never go backto Second Life. And why would a customer want a presence insomeone else's Sim City for Adults? On the other hand, animmersive environment on customer web sites or wikis, similar to Second Life orHome-to-be, might be a compelling way to find information and engageone another in the search for useful information. And my avatarin whatever Later Life will still use email.