Sony’s PlayStation Home, an online virtual world for PlayStation 3 launched in 2008, will be closing its doors in North America and Europe in March 2015. Originally lauded as a console equivalent to Linden Labs’ Second Life, PlayStation Home provided a 3D avatar space where games from around the world could customize a home, learn about upcoming PlayStation 3 releases, and generally hang out.
Sony’s Phil Harrison announced PlayStation Home at GDC 2007, calling it “Games 3.0,” and touted it as a landmark event in gaming history. Many PS3 owners tried Home (some 30 million users, in fact), but the experience proved to be sterile and lackluster for a majority of users.
The final content update for PlayStation Home will be published by 12 November 2014, and users will be able to access downloadable content from the service until 3 December 2014. Home will close for good on 31 March 2015.