Back last March, over a year ago, we wrote about how Sony was developing a virtual world where Playstation users would be able to go to interact with others online. At the time, we knew that it was going to be a free download, users would be able to purchase accessories, but most importantly, it was expected to be available around the globe by the Fall of 2007. Fall came and went, then Winter came and went, and there have been no sightings of Sony Home. As it turns out, Sony has decided to delay the launch once again.
An article from Reuters today talks about the delay and says that the new expected launch date is once again, “Fall of this year.” Of course we heard that last year and so we’re not very confident that Sony will actually launch it on-time. Playstation users who have been excited for the launch wanted to know why, and Sony says it’s so that they can “improve the product quality.” That was the same exact reason they used when the launch got delayed the first time.
So is it ever coming, or will Sony Home receive a Vaporware award this year? With all of the delays, hopefully once it finally does launch, people will be impressed by it and see a reason that Sony had to delay it at least two times. In the Reuters article, they pointed out how important this is for Sony because they are really lacking an “innovative online service” and they are behind the Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii in sales. Unfortunately one analyst says he doesn’t see anything really special about Sony Home. Masashi Morita says, “I don’t get the impression that ‘Home’ is something drastically new. There may be something hidden that is amazing, but I can’t spot it at the moment.”
If I were you, I wouldn’t be holding my breath for this thing because there’s no telling if Sony will feel that the quality of the product is good enough for launching, even come Fall, more than one year after it was originally supposed to launch.