Next Generation has the scoop on
Sony's upcoming Xbox Live-killer. What you need to know:
- The service will be called
"PlayStation HUB" and it will support "chat, downloadable demos, independent games and online
- It will also serve the PSP. Will the seldom utilized infrastructure mode now be called PlayStation HUB mode?
- Good things don't come cheap. The service will be a "subscriber service," similar to Live now. No more free Socom guys. No word on what the details of the subscription will be, but expect equal to or less than Live.
- Sir Howard Stringer, Sony's big boss man, wants the service to dish out media content, like movies and music, positioning the service as an alternative to Apple's wildly popular iTunes store.
The early word is that the system will see a near-simultaneous launch in both Japan and North America; September 16th in Japan and September 21st in North America. This date is, of course, subject to change, but an earlier fall launch may help them work out any manufacturing kinks several months before the vital holiday buying season.
It is not clear if the HUB service will be Live (pun alert!) when the system launches in September. Here's hoping!
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