The wittily informative folks over at TeamXbox.com are this week reporting that Microsoft Corp., everyoneâs favourite American software titan, could well be harbouring corporate ambitions pertaining to the possible launch of an online virtual world service designed to rival that of Sony Corp.âs upcoming HOME.
According to a TeamXbox report, the current GM of Microsoftâs Entertainment and Devices division, Daniel Schiappa, has recently taken to the stage and teased attendees at this yearâs Virtual Worlds Conference And Expo (VW07 â Oct 10-11) by offering that:
ââŚby next year, youâll probably know more about why Iâm up here.â
It is also being reported that Schiappa has âhintedâ that Redmond-based Microsoft is presently mulling over whether to pursue the idea of launching a virtual world service that would exist throughout its various home console, personal computer and mobile device hardware formats. The Microsoft general manager has also suggested that any such service would likely emerge on the PC first, with the Xbox brand and mobile devices receiving it soon thereafter.
TeamXbox playfully points out that, in April of this year, the gaming site embarked on an April 01 prank where it âannouncedâ that Microsoft was to unveil âHOMEless,â a new online, avatar-based virtual community described as âa laggy online 2D community-based service,â in which Xbox Live Gold members would be able to create individual 8-Bit avatar representations of themselves in order to explore a community consisting only of Xbox Live Silver members.