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Rumor: Limited Home Version On March 31

By now, you're probably aware of the closed beta for PlayStation Home that has been going on for quite some time. However, a new rumor has surfaced that says a "limited version" of the intriguing online service will go live at midnight on March 31. This will not be a closed beta, but it'll be available to everyone as a free download from the PlayStation Store. This free trial will last for exactly 30 days, and you can get a glimpse of the upcoming virtual world.

So says TheSixthAxis, this trial is called "Flat," and the user will receive a single apartment. There won't be any other major features, like communal areas and gaming halls, but you will be able to invite 3 PSN friends at any given time to come visit your flat. The apartment will boast custom soundtracks, video streaming on a flat-screen TV and even support videos recorded via PlayTV. Evidently, Sony is using this method as a "test-bed for future Home development." Also included in this 30-day trial are PSN micro-transactions for several flat upgrades and decorations, plus the testing of in-game messaging. Oh, and if you've acquired any trophies from the likes of Devil May Cry 4, those will appear in the cupboard in the bedroom, where you can keep up to 10 awards at any given time.

As for your personal virtual creation, users can purchase plenty of accessories and clothing, and you can also buy domestic appliances for your apartment. As for the flat's location, you will pick from three choices- Puy-de-Dme in France, Alaska, or Texas. Now, none of this has been confirmed and TheSixthAxis doesn't list an additional source, so all of this is nothing more than rumor. However, it seems very plausible, so we'll keep an eye on things over the next few weeks.

2/29/2008 Ben Dutka

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Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 12:26:00 PM

im stoked, i been wanting to get in. at least its something we can finally test out

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Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 1:06:09 PM

me too i cant wait, home is gunna pwn xbox live i believe were in for a real treat. By next year home will be out and will hopefully be fully developed and we'll get to see what sony and the ps3 is really capable of in terms of "entertainment". yessss this is gunna be the shit

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Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 1:20:44 PM

Reread the article. It was a joke. I like this site because is willing to post rumors but this even says it is a joke right under the article.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 1:32:12 PM

They just updated the story(2hrs ago), because they were receiving emails. Your too slow on news Kevin.

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Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 4:14:10 PM

I'm in the closed beta, i hope a live version does not become public, after the recent update there are tons of glitches and problems. Also the fact that all Closed beta invitations have been extended to May leads me to believe that Home is not going to launch for a very long time. (I hope it doesn't because people will be very very disappointed).

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Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 6:26:37 PM

Hmm, 'trial' implies it's a pay for service in theory, although I prefer to think and hope it's more of just a 'limited' version. A pay for version of HOME better knock LIVE! on it's face holding it at gun point. I've always naturally assumed HOME would be an intergrated part of the playstation network within the PS3, making the community something more than... Well, the current 'nothing' that it feels to be.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008 @ 6:30:19 AM

LOL how did you not laugh at the original article when you copied it off them?
thats what you get for plagiarism.

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