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Harrison: Home is "brilliantly realised"

Online world will be "very successful".

Atari president and former Sony studio boss Phil Harrison has heaped praise on PlayStation Home, telling Eurogamer that his former company has "brilliantly realised their ambitions".

Harrison, speaking earlier this week at the Atari Live event, revealed that he was on the beta for the PS3 virtual world, and predicted that Sony "will have a very successful platform" with the project that was created under his stewardship.

Sony has said the open beta for the ambitious network service will launch this year.

Harrison, who joined Atari in March after leaving his high-profile position as PlayStation creative lead, also revealed he had been playing around with the recently updated Xbox dashboard.

"I was quite impressed actually with some of the things that [Microsoft has] done," he said. "They're just scratching the surface of what the whole industry recognises is that customisation, socialisation and community platforms are going to be just as important as the games themselves."

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