We’ve been informed that PlayStation Home invites are going out. Yes, invites to the extended private BETA that was promised back in early August. An excerpt from the invitation message:
"Thank you for downloading the PLAYSTATION®Home Theme! You have been selected to help beta test the next phase of PlayStation®Home’s evolution.
As a Beta Tester, you will be expected to help shape the PLAYSTATION®Home experience by providing feedback and submitting to us any issues you may find. We appreciate your help in making the PLAYSTATION®Home experience the best it can be!"
If you weren’t fortunate enough to receive an email, the latest word is that invites are apparently being sent out on a weekly basis, so there’s still a glimmer of hope left. Good luck to all who are still eagerly waiting! More PlayStation 3 News...
I'm not sure if there is a deadline to the US one... the Japanese one had a deadline of August 11th to download the theme in order to be qualified for a potential invitation (but it also started before the US one).
I don't see any expiry notice on their announcement (below) though, so maybe there isn't one for the US one