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Home Open Beta Still Set For 2008, Rollout Like Gmail

Most PS3 owners were disappointed to learn that Sony's ambitious online community program, PlayStation Home, wouldn't make its previously expected 2008 launch. Instead, we won't be seeing the finalized version until some time next year, but that doesn't mean the scheduled open beta isn't still on track.

According to the GameLife blog, PlayStation Network's Susan Panico said the Home beta is still on track for a 2008 release. It'll become available "at the end of the year," and the "rollout will be similar to Gmail." ...we're not entirely sure what that means, but we're happy to know the open beta hasn't disappeared. In fact, considering it is indeed "open," one could argue that Home is actually "launching" later this year, because many of us will be able to log on and peruse. Sure, it'll go through several incarnations before it's finally ready to leave the beta phase, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it during that time, right? The closed beta has been in effect in Europe for a while now, but anything "closed" can't really be considered a "launch." So stay steady, US gamers, because you will see Home in all its potential glory some time in 2008.

Of course, we're kinda just grasping at straws, saying the open beta is basically the same as the official Home launch. But at this point, we're going to take what we can get, and run with it.

6/3/2008 Ben Dutka

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baseballdude_ [Administrator]
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 11:29:20 AM
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Do they mean that it'll be invite only in the beginning and that anyone with an account can invite others?

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John Shoemaker
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 11:56:21 AM
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Yes.
Gmail gave you up to 10 invites per account. So once you are invited, you can invite up to 10 people.
Hopefully they will do it this way. Which works out great because I know a few people who have the closed beta.

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Fabi
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 12:16:03 PM
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I dunno, it's hard to know what to think about Home. A lot of the people in the beta, say there isn't much to do. While others say it's good. I guess it's because there still isn't a community.

All these delays are gonna build up the hype to epic proportions. I'm afraid it's not gonna live up to expectations.

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LegioN
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 12:28:05 PM
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Well, i don't care about home anymore, but i care enough to tell you i don't care lol

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OhYessss
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 3:35:22 PM
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Fabi, I agree. Remember the 'blockbuster' Haze? No. Neither did I.

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Qubex
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 2:00:54 AM
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Sniff hard!

Q!

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