PlayStation Home on the PlayStation 3 has made tremendous strides in 2009 and as of now, the initial foundation that we saw back in late 2008 is long gone, replaced with hordes of new content.
And it seems PSP users will be getting a similar social application of their own; it has just been revealed at Sony's TGS press conference and it appears to be similar to Home. It's called PSP "Room" (the two "o"s in there are actually the infinity symbol) and it will feature avatars, live blogs, photo albums and social networking. Within this structure will be ways for users to interact via normal chat/real-time communication, and help pass the time with a variety of mini-games. As far as we know, this is only confirmed for Japan right now – this is a SCEJ event, after all – and the beta test will begin on October 5. We'll let you know if Sony plans to release "Room" here in North America and considering the fact that they continually push PS3/PSP connectivity worldwide, we'd like to think there's a chance. During this presentation, they also mentioned a revamped PlayStation Network/Store for Japan, which will feature fresh downloadable music and comics. Yeah, Japan is definitely getting the special treatment in the handheld world (did you see how many portable colors they've got to choose from?!).
The conference continues but it seems like they're winding down. I'm a little tired right now but I've given you all the big stuff, and we'll be certain to toss up any and all extra news tomorrow.