Home in ten simple steps

Home was originally due out in October 2007 but has since slipped to March, as Sony puts the finishing touches to its online virtual world. Meanwhile, Xbox Live continues to look more dated by the month. You probably know that Home is some kind of virtual world for socializing and whatnot, but what else has it going on?

1) Community-friendly
Home is a community-based application for the PS Network that allows you to create your own avatar, give it its own apartment and decorate it with items you unlock for all your achievements.

2) Constantly updated     
Once the launch of Home has all kicked off and everyone has settled in, Sony plans to introduce a slew of new additions, including a range of clothes for you avatar and household pets.

3) Size matters
At the moment, word is that Sony reckons the entire application will weigh in at around 500MB when it launches, so downloading won’t be a chore.

4) Lounge lizards
When you first enter Home you’ll end up in a huge lounge with a bunch of other gamers. Once in there you can take on other players in various minigames like billiards or bowling.

5) Visit the Hall of Fame
There will also be a Hall of Fame, which includes a Trophy Room where users can show off their gaming prowess. The more trophies you’ve got, the more skilled a gamer you are (or the less of a life you have).

6) Stay in touch
Communicating with your friends or other users through Home should be an easy affair. You’ll be able to use the virtual keyboard, a regular keyboard, a USB/Bluetooth headset or e-motions (gestures like waving at people or dancing).


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