There are some unsubstantiated rumors you just have to report, knowing that it comes from an anonymous source with no verification from the company involved. And so it is with Kotaku reporting that Sony’s big coming announcement may be a PlayStation Home service.
As described by their source, I will quote here so I don’t misinterpret:
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.
I would have to say that with all the problems the PS3 has been running into, this would be a nice addition. I mean, gamers would like some features outside the game for the same reason they probably like playing in the first place – goals and rewards. It would open a lot of possibilites for what kinds of items they will reward you with, and it adds some interest in the long term for the PS3 owner.
Almost more exciting than the story was the dustup caused when Sony asked Kotaku not to run the story. Their answer was to blacklist Kotaku and disinvite them to any events. It has since been worked out, but it seemes like it was an ill conceived idea on Sony’s part.