Former Sony Entertainment President Chris Deering has said that a "secret Facebook-style web networking platform was being worked on behind-the-scenes by those responsible for launching PSOne."
The project was code named 'Moccasin 5' and would have allowed the PSone to run a "text-based community chat group with a special box called Net-Station that hooked up PCs to the TV."
He also said that they later worked on a PS2 concept called 'Central Station', which was planned to stream its own PlayStation TV channel back in 2002, but it didn't take off because of slow broadband uptake.
To quote: When asked what the biggest challenge of his career was, Deering said: "Getting Sony to believe that PlayStation could be a community online... We had a secret test program in Europe back in 1997 on PSOne, running a text-based community chat group with a special box called Net-Station that hooked up PCs to the TV.
"The project code name was 'Moccasin 5'. It operated across the major countries of Europe, and had quite a following, even from the US. "At Sony Europe, we later worked on a PS2 concept called 'Central Station', which was planned to stream its own PlayStation TV channel, back in 2002. But uptake in broadband took longer to reach mass market than we expected, and we couldn't get other regions to buy in."
I must be dropping behind in my gaming studies. I used to know everything about Sony but this completly took me by suprise. I kinda wish that they didn't junk it, sounds to me like a good idea/concept..