December 10, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Starting tomorrow, PS3 users can open up their arms (and games) to a lot more opponents. Sony just announced (via Kotaku) that it will make the PlayStation Home Beta service available to all of those with a PS3.
Not only will it be available, it will also be free. As long as your console is connected to broadband, you can download the software and create a 3D-styled avatar. Use that bit of computer-generated anonymity to trash-talk opponents, share gaming experiences, or just shoot the breeze—via text or voice chat. Users will also be able to watch special videos, play mini games, attend virtual special events, and create clubs.
You can snag the download starting tomorrow. It will launch from the PlayStation Home icon on the PS3’s XMB (XrossMediaBar). If you’re in the U.S., look for high-def virtual environments based on games such as “Guitar Hero” and “Warhawk.” Sony is working with partners, such as EA, Paramount, Red Bull and Diesel to develop other virtual environments, events and exclusive content.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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