PlayStation Home PS3

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has shared praise for Sony's PS3 project PlayStation Home in newly revealed documents part of the court case concerning Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. While talk surrounding the Metaverse has somewhat died down as of late, Ryan believes PlayStation Home was an early interpretation of the concept, and was even "10 to 15 years ahead of its time".

Taken from a Q&A with Fidelity conducted last year, Ryan said the following when asked about Sony's own metaverse strategy and how PSVR2 might be a part of it: "We're approaching metaverse conversations through two lenses. First is as a platform holder. We had something called PlayStation Home for the PS3 and that was a very early manifestation of a platform metaverse. It was probably 10- 15 years ahead of its time."

He then continues by revealing the company has "a couple of projects underway that are very exciting for us, in terms of creating some sort of game-type metaverse which can possibly have collaboration with other parts of Sony". PSVR2 is not playing a role in those plans right now, but it could be included "down the road". Since the Q&A is taken from 2022, it's unclear how much closer Sony is to revealing its Metaverse plans in the present.

Operating from December 2008 through to April 2015, PlayStation Home was a free PS3 app where you could create your own avatar and explore a virtual world. You could customise your own personal apartment, enter public spaces to interact with promotions and events from Sony and its partners, and win prizes.