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PlayStation Home Will Be Available This Year


PlayStation Home Will Be Available This Year

Sony has really taken its time getting Home out to PS3 owners. Bearing in mind it demoed the social networking environment at the consoles launch, having so far only allowed access via a closed beta seems a bit much, frankly. Thankfully for those of us still actually interested (I, for one, am becoming less so by the day), word is everyone will be able to access Home by the end of the year.

In an interview with IGN, PlayStation Home Director, Jack Buster, was pushed for a definite release date which he wouldn't give. However, Buster did confirm that home will hit an Open Beta by the end of the year, saying: "Like we've said, we're excited about moving PlayStation Home into its Open Beta stage this year. Once we make the move to Open Beta, everyone will have access to PlayStation Home."

If you ask me, it seems likely that Home won't ever actually see a 'proper' release, but instead will probably live in a perpetual beta state, in much the same style as just about every Google product - say, Chrome. Not that such a launch methodology is particularly bad if it gets Home onto consoles sooner than would otherwise happen.

The cynics among us, though, will no doubt take this opportunity to muse upon the idea that Home may never actually be launched, after all.




December 1, 2008, 4:47 pm

Sony is onto a winner this time with this. If they are clever, they will integrate this with many of their products and services which I'm hoping they would.


December 1, 2008, 5:22 pm

"...There IS no place like home..!"

No, literally!

Haha - had to be done...


December 1, 2008, 5:48 pm

I'm in the beta and am wholly disappointed. They've been developing this for 2 years and there's really not much to do. I can only assume they've been working on the backend stuff as content is severely lacking. One useful feature would be game launching within Home but even though I have quite a good collection of PSN and first-party retail titles and the only one that can be launched is Warhawk. There's definitely potential but at the moment there's not much point to it.

P.S. You mentioned Google and Chrome in particular, they may release perpetual betas but at least they're fully functional!


December 1, 2008, 5:53 pm

I've no idea why but I got home on Friday to an email from Sony inviting me to the Home Beta so out of curiosity I used the redemption code and started taking a look around. I'm certain at 37 that I'm not their target audience so please take that into account but I'm not convinced that anyone would use this once the novelty has worn off. Each part of the "city" (cinema, bowling alley, shopping mall, etc) has to be downloaded and installed as you enter them and given some FPS games can load entire maps in one go this seemed odd given the size of each area is small. Personally I just want to find my friends via a voice chat and send them an invite to the game I'm currently playing. Lastly, if I wanted to go bowling I'd get in my car and go pick them up. Hugo if you don't have access and you know of someway to for me to invite you to this then please let me know.


December 1, 2008, 6:13 pm

Been using the Beta for a couple of weeks now. First impression, WOW!! After that though its a bit dull. Thats probably because there isn't much you can do at the moment. Once they get some extra items to put in your space that would be good. Also, put some more lanes in the bowling alley!!! Every time I go all the lanes are full and all the arcade games are in use! Too much like real life there!


December 1, 2008, 6:32 pm

@Jag its only a beta dude, it will get bigger and better, im registered at the official home beta forums, they said they will fix all the bugs all the long load times. and let me tell you something if a lot of people are using Myspace or Hi 5, they will 100% use home, i got home beta code a week a go. before home (BETA) i had 5 friends in my PSN list, now after home beta i have over 20 friend, i talk every day with them, we meat in home play Bowling, talk about games, news, and upcoming games.

they are people that are making gangs in home, and btw you can also have you own club...

imo home will be the next generation of online service.

b o d

December 1, 2008, 7:35 pm

I received beta over the weekend. I guess I'm not their target market either. All I saw were groups of blokes surrounding a single woman typing a/s/l etc. Not really my thing.

Then again, I have 0 friends in my PSN list and like to keep it that way :-)


December 1, 2008, 7:55 pm

@ahlanalo I understand it's only a beta but you can't tell me that after two solid years of work that it doesn't seem slightly lacking given that you can build a really solid game in that time. I do realise I'm probably expecting alot but so will lots of people who have heard Sony build up the hype for Home for a very long time now. I don't want to sound too negative because as a base Home 1.0 is really solid and is a great starting point but Sony really need to get their act together if they want to compete effectively. I've been in the Playstation camp ever since the PSX in '97 so I really want Sony to do well but as a consumer we have to expect more.


December 1, 2008, 9:43 pm

Home is brilliant...I hope they do release it for everyone soon though..Fret not, Hugo!


December 1, 2008, 9:50 pm

Home? Before the end of the year? Heard THAT one before. Hope Sony delivers on yet another promise.

From the comments above, it sounds like there will be more downloading in sight everytime we enter rooms, I do not mean to be harsh but it takes an absolute forever to download a system update on our PS3 (we've got a pretty fast broadband connection, go figure) so how long is it going to take for us to download extra rooms? We'll be there forever and probably end up in one of Sony's statistic telling people that their consumers spend more time in "Home" than other people spend time on their Wiis, PCs or 360s. Come on Sony, we've supported you from PS1, do not let us down now!


December 1, 2008, 9:59 pm

@ Jag. I also was a little disappointed with the lack of content etc., but can see the potential there (possibly movie rentals from theatre in future?), but come on it is Sony, so delays were inevitable. Just curious, you say it is not good enough to compete at the moment, but what are you comparing it with, as to my mind Home is rather unique and doesn't compare with anything that can be found elsewhere, especially on the other consoles. I can only see its addition as a good thing for Sony and the PS3, and I think the PS3 already compares favourably to the other consoles, especially as they are continually improving and updating the content and the console itself. It really isn't the same machine that it was when it was launched.

@ Jay C's comment - to avoid confusion, the different HOME locations don't have to be downloaded and installed every time you go to them, once you have completed the initial download, they load up in just a few seconds.

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