Doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but you can judge for yourself:
Originally Posted by 1up.comWord on the Internet travels fast. From a entry at Kotaku detailed an alleged Sony PlayStation 3 feature to be announced next week at GDC called home, to a sleuth-y NeoGAF poster named GoFreak (the poster uncovered the recent SCEE patent for Home, see image), and the subsequent firestorm that emerged when Kotaku's original story hit. There's a panel next week at the Game Developer conference called "The Experience is King: Social Gaming for the Next Generation" with Dave Ranyard (Creative Services Manager, SCEE), Mike Haigh (Studio Director, SCE London Studio), which has gotten even more interesting with the patent's emergence from SCEE.
But what is this potential 'Home?' Kotaku's insider said this:"Basically, you get to make an avatar for your console (like a Mii) and this avatar has a room. As you play games and accomplish certain tasks, you will receive items with which to adorn the room that are specific to the game (achievements). The kicker is that this is going to be a new requirement for every PS3 game..."Another GAF poster claims:
"I have a friend who I maybe see once or twice a year who is a graphic artist for Sony in London. Last time I met with him which is going back at least a good 9 months if not more, I had a chat with him about what he was working on. He talked about some sort of abstract world that was part interface, part virtual world. He seemed to be suggesting it would be part of the PS3 interface as opposed to a stand alone game, and he seemed genuinely excited about it. Anyhoo, it was over a few beers with a group of people and while he talked about ideas I struggled to visualise what he was actually involved with, apart from it was abstract and sounded strangely like Animal Crossing (but in my head I had a much more neon / cyberpunk image, not sure if that was because of something he mentioned previously). He also used the word 'avatar' a lot."Kotaku lined up a series of quotes from various Phil Harrison interviews before drawing up an outline of the rumor."If you are going to have an avatar which is your representative in a virtual world, it has to stand for more of your personality than some 2-D cartoons. So while I think that millions of people would be happy with cartoony looks, the planet at large probably isn't. And it's an experiment that will be played out very soon, actually." -- Newsweek "We have something big coming up for the PlayStation Network, but I can't say anything about that yet. It has something to do with the Home Button on the SIXAXIS controller, and with the community." -- Next Generation GamerSo we move from product based to service based, starting with packaged product augmented by downloadble content. We'll enhance this with social networks, the MySpace experience, this will be a key part of the PlayStation3 going forward. What brings it to life is the voice chat, the text chat, the video, the social features we're building in for the future.The dots seem to connect and a too-public email exchange between Kotaku and Dave Karraker seems to confirm Home, but officially, Sony denies the rumor, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation." However, with all of the "insider" information and piecing together of leaks, do we really have a clear picture of what a prospective "Home" service would be? We might not know until next week at GDC.