The PlayStation 3 needs a killer game. Fighting with low sales (Nintendo’s Wii currently sells more units than the PS3) and increased competition from Microsoft (“Halo 3″ is easily the biggest game for the fall/holiday season) Sony had been hoping that its “Home” social gaming network would be ready for the fall and generate some needed excitement amongst gamers. Unfortunately for Sony “Home” isn’t ready for a Q3 launch and has been moved back now for a spring 2008 debut so that it can “improve product quality.” Citing the need to make environments that fulfill the needs of America, European and Asian gamers, Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai said “We aim to launch this as something that can meet expectations of people all over the world.”
“Home” is a 3D interactive environment that is supposed to resemble a virtual house. Sony gamers can purchase clothing and furniture, invite other people over and chat or game with them. Summed up it’s “Second Life” for your PlayStation 3. Whether “Home” would be the much-needed shot in the arm that Sony needs to revitalize sales of the PS3 or a hyped dud is yet to be discovered but the electronics titan is marching ahead regardless of the outcome. It’s bought Evolution Studios, the makers of the best-selling PS3 game “MotorStorm”. Sony is also forecasting shipments of 11 million PS3s by the end of its current fiscal year in March 2008. Currently the company has shipped (not sold) over 5.5 million PS3s.