161w ago - A few days ago PlayStation Home Client Update version 1.4 was first announced, complete with a changelog and features, and today SCEE's Home Community Lead Alex Weekes has shared some last-minute launch details, as follows:
As we announced last Friday, tomorrow we will be releasing a new version of the PlayStation Home client: 1.4 is here!
In addition to the features already announced - new wardrobe, grouping, and voice chat - there are several other noteworthy improvements and additions.
First amongst those is the new Character Status settings, enabling you to set a status from a variety of new options including Happy, Sad, Busy and more! Even better, many of these status options will adjust your avatars facial expression and idle animations to match.
Other changes coming with 1.4 include improvements to the menu pad and Navigator, which can now be accessed directly by holding down the Start button. With the new cross-game invite support, you can invite your friends to join you in Home more easily than ever before.
260w ago - PlayStation Home will be patched today to version 1.04 in a "first step" effort towards resolving various connection issues users have been experiencing.
While this is a good thing, the PlayStation.Blog also notes one side effect of this new patch: voice chat will be temporarily disabled.
The removal of voice chat (for now) should alleviate the crushing bandwidth load on Sony's servers since the official "open beta" launch of the service.
The blog recommends "to make use of the Wireless Keypad for PLAYSTATION 3 or any USB or Bluetooth-enabled keyboard for text chat and also the "phone friend" features to communicate within PlayStation Home."