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Sony Talks PS3 Home, Coming By Year-End But Still In BETA

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317w ago - It feels as though I've been writing about PlayStation Home for years. I haven't, it's only been months in reality, but with its release being delayed constantly, known and unknown development issues, and questions still remaining, it feels like the service has been a long time coming. Which makes any official word from Sony very interesting indeed.

Jack Buser, the director of PlayStation Home, recently sat down with IGN to discuss Home. He talks about why we should care about it, what experience it will give us, and what is it with all these delays.

He explains that Home is going to be a place to meet friends online, to find gamers of the same skill level and into the same games as you. It's going to replace the arcade as the place to make new friends and share your hobby with them. All in all, Sony is excited about Home, and so, apparently should you be.

Great, so where is it and when can we, the great unwashed who haven't been invited to try the closed beta be able to experience the joys of Home? Buser claims the service is now entering the final stages of closed beta, with the open beta very close to launch. And he goes one further by stating:

"Like we've said, we're excited about moving PlayStation Home into its Open Beta stage this year. Once we make the...
 

PS3 Home v1.0 Closed BETA Coming, November Qore has Invites

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322w ago - Sony's Home Community Manager TedTheDog recently replied on the Official PlayStation boards when asked if he could hint on PlayStation Home's launch stating:

"How about "this year" then? Sorry, you dont have too long to wait compared to the length of the project so far, but I know the lack of a date is annoying. If it helps v1.0 is in internal testing and will hit the Closed BETA in the coming weeks as will more testers by invitation."

Additionally, CVG (linked above) is reporting that the November issue of Qore will include invites into the next Home Closed BETA.

To quote: Meanwhile, it has emerged that subscribers of the US-only online PSN magazine, Qore, will get invites into Home next month.

TedTheDog's reply in full: How about "this year" then? Sorry, you dont have too long to wait compared to the length of the project so far, but I know the lack of a date is annoying.

If it helps v1.0 is in internal testing and will hit the closed beta in the coming weeks as will more testers by invitation. Something I mentioned to the BETA testers today is important to remember. 1.0 is a major milestone on our journey...
 

PS3 Home Closed BETA Expanded with the Next Episode of Qore!

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322w ago - Here is a snippet of the latest PlayStation Underground e-mail:

"We invite you into our "HOME" as Veronica takes a stroll through our eagerly-anticipated virtual community with HOME's North American Director, Jack Buser.

Our Holiday Buyer's Guide will help you with those all-important gift-giving decisions and the Qore crew heads to Tokyo to get a feel for the gaming culture in Japan.

Plus, an invitation to all Qore Episode 06 and Annual customers to join the PlayStation Home Closed BETA."

So there you have it folks!
 

Rumor: PS3 Home BETA Invites Coming Today says Sony Support

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330w ago - A member of the Official PlayStation boards recently called Sony support to ask when the Home BETA will be arriving.

Surprisingly, the woman stated "It should be arriving today."

The user decided to call back and this time record the call. We got the audio for download here.

Download: Sony Support Conversation

Download: Callback Confirmation with Different Answer

So if the first one is true, we should be seeing invites going out today. Lets hope for the best!
 

Updated: 17 Videos Direct from PS3 Home Beta

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332w ago - Update: Based on feedback received we wanted to clarify that HDR did not shoot these videos or have any part in their creation. They were sent to us anonymously out of the blue and are hosted at Photo Bucket, a popular file sharing website.

That said, Home is coming along nicely and we keep our fingers crossed its availability for everyone will be sooner rather than later. If you've applied for the next round of Beta testers, good luck!

We have a special treat for you this morning thanks to a generous anonymous tipster who put a lot of effort into what you're about to see.

The following videos were taken from the original Playstation Home Beta and the just-updated expansion. The newer videos are towards the top, including the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as watched in the Home movie theater.

It should be noted that each "area" of Home such as the movie theater, game room and so on must be downloaded separately when entering them for the first time. At approximately 50MB per area this could take a serious chunk out of one's hard drive.

With any luck we'll have some more first-look Home footage to share in the near future. Until then, enjoy the whopping 17 videos of Playstation 3's Home Beta in action.


 
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