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Sony's Second Life competitor delayed again

PlayStation Home now expected in the autumn

Sony has once again delayed the launch of its PlayStation Home community online service.

The service was first announced in July last year and promised to provide users with the ability to create their own avatars and participate in a real-time virtual world, something like a cross between the Mii avatars on Nintendo's Wii and the Second Life community.

At the time Sony said it would be available globally in the autumn of 2007 but that was delayed until spring 2008 at the Tokyo Game Show.

Now Sony says it will allow more users to join a closed beta test but doesn't plan to open up the service until autumn this year, and then only as an open beta test.

A screenshot from Sony's PlayStation Home community of the game space

"We understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer, but we have come to the conclusion that we need more time to refine the service to ensure a more focused gaming entertainment experience than what it is today," said Kazuo Hirai, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, in a statement.

There are no details on when PlayStation Home might launch as a full service.

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