I’m sure it probably means nothing, but the juxtapositioning of a gamesindustry.biz article concerning the next Xbox Live and a now hiring ad for Second Life gave me pause for thought. As a fan of the concept of virtual worlds, such as Second Life, or the upcoming Home for Playstation 3, I’d really like it if the next Xbox Live incorportated some virtual world elements. There’s no reason to believe it can’t be done, though I think the larger 120GB Xbox 360 hard drive upgrade would almost be a necessity for it to reach full potential.
But quite honestly, I think the best thing Microsoft could do to counter encroachment on Xbox Live by Home might be to secure World of Warcraft for Xbox 360. WoW is itself a well established virtual world that I’m sure would find a lot of takers if a console option became available. Second Life for Xbox 360 would be interesting too, but I think WoW would be a heck of a lot more fun!