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PlayStation Home Beta Launches With Studio Content

11 Dec, 2008 By: Billy Gil

The PlayStation Home Beta service for Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation 3 gaming console launched Dec. 11, giving PS3 users the ability to create avatars, engage in a virtual community and enjoy entertainment content such as mini-games, video content from major studios and special events.

Studios such as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Paramount Pictures will bring content to dedicated PlayStation Home spaces as well as sponsor in-world events, virtual items and exclusive media viewings in the PlayStation Home Theater. Sony Pictures will offer exclusive video content such as interviews and appearances from film talent, while Paramount Digital Entertainment will bow virtual goods and video content based on its franchises and films.

The PlayStation Home service is available as a free download to PS3 users. However, running a “Club,” or a community of users with shared interests, costs an entitlement fee, and some additional content and services will be charged as well.

Game-themed high-definition environments launching with the service include Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Far Cry 2 and the soon-to-be-released Warhawk, Resistance, Guitar Hero and SOCOM spaces. Users can discuss games and strategies and access added content, while publishers will be able to expand content. Sony Computer Entertainment America has so far partnered with Activision, Disney Eidos, Electronic Arts, Lucas Arts, THQ and UBISOFT to develop virtual environments.

“We are committed to providing PS3 users with exciting gaming experiences with PlayStation Home and together with our partners and users, expand the new world of interactive entertainment as we move forward,” said Kazuo Hirai, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.

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