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Sony: Open Home Beta "Fully Robust"

It used to dominate the news on a weekly basis, especially in the months directly after its unveiling, but since then, we haven't heard much about PlayStation Home. We're well aware of the delays, of course, but the last report says an open beta is scheduled for this fall. Well, that's still the case, as Sony's PlayStation Network director Eric Lempel says.

In a recent interview with Next-Gen, he said very clearly- "The Home open beta is still on schedule for release later this fall." He was asked about PSN director Susan Panico's earlier comments when she said the initial beta rollout would be "similar to Gmail" and it will work just fine as an "open, functioning beta." This statement was met with mixed results by gamers; some still bitter about the delay saw this as an excuse to release a half-done Home this year. But that really is not the case:

"If you think about Gmail and Susans reference, Gmail when it launched in beta was a fully functional email service. I personally was using it and it offered everything youd expect, but was in beta just to say that theres more to come and maybe its not fully polished. The reason weve been delaying [Home] is so that we can deliver a high quality service that the users will enjoy. Even though it will be in beta, it will be a fair representation of what the service can be and its potential, so it wont be a 0.5 release, it will be a fully robust service."

So there you have it. Despite the fact that the official launch of Home remains in 2009, we'll still be able to jump in and test it out this fall. Besides, one has to remember that Home will likely be a service that receives ongoing upgrades and enhancements even after its official release, so if you look at it this way, the open beta rollout isn't much different than a regular ol' launch. Oh, and just as a final side note, Lempel did reconfirm Sony's plan to launch a downloadable movie service for the PS3 in the US this summer. That is a very cool option, and one that should make selling PS3s an even easier proposition.

7/4/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

Tatsujin
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 11:01:27 AM
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Nice. Im going to buy every movie I see and download it! lol... I have patience for Home tough, IDC if it comes out 2-3 years from now... Because I already have video games and movies to entertain me... Home will just be another entertainment add-on pretty much... A very cool one may I add :)

BTW to Ben and all of the PSX Staff members, Happy 4th of July!!! (Is it not so cool it is on a friday this year? :D )

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 11:05:01 AM

Thanks. :) Well, doesn't really matter what day; the rest of the world still operates as usual, so gaming news doesn't stop. Heh.

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Tatsujin
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 12:15:06 PM

Very true :P

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Qubex
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 11:09:53 AM
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So... the question is... will all roads lead to HoMe?

Happy 4th Ben and Arnold...

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LegioN
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 11:39:35 AM
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All the excitement was burnt out of me with the constant delays, although i'd be lying if i didn't say i still want to play it.

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Deleted User
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 1:04:50 PM
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At first Home seemed like a lame idea but after watching some trailers of it I got pretty pumped.

Can't wait 'till it comes out.

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Reccaman18
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 1:14:49 PM
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This is one of the greatest new ideas this generation. Home is going to be the new myspace/facebook/whatever other site people go to to talk with their "buddies."

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fatchad420
Friday, July 04, 2008 @ 3:26:30 PM
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Well to me it seems HOME has been taking a step backwards lately. The last couple of updates where stability patches and they've actually gotten rid of Picture frames so now you can't upload your own pictures into your apartment. I know i keep saying this but as it stands now HOME is very boring and lacks any real reason to use the service. Then again i'm still in the closed beta so maybe by the time the open beta comes out these issues will be handled.

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karneli lll
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 12:59:55 AM
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And the 'Home hype' begins again. When we get bad news about Home,we should'nt blame Sony ;We should blame ourselves

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Deleted User
Monday, July 07, 2008 @ 1:55:34 PM
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doesnt matter it still isnt a launch its a beta. otherwise it would be called a launch and not a beta

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gringo
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 2:52:46 PM

noone said it's a release, they said it's going to be just like the normal release. except the obvious 50 thousand user limit.

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Deleted User
Monday, July 07, 2008 @ 1:55:35 PM
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doesnt matter it still isnt a launch its a beta. otherwise it would be called a launch and not a beta

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creepypete
Monday, July 07, 2008 @ 7:03:31 PM
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The amount of tim TWO YEARS to get this up and running is inexcusable.
Because of the delay on almost everything I bought a Wii and a 360 ( never thought I would hear myself say those words) . . .and I have bee pleasantly surprised, I think I officially a convert now, the endless delays have turned me an my friends off for good, if they ever get things up and running I am here, but I'll also be playing my other consoles now. . . To bad Sony, you lost me and about 5 of my friends, and after chatting to people on the PSU, we aren't the only ones..........GET IT TOGETHER!!

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gringo
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 2:59:38 PM

do you think sony will become like MS, rushing to release everything just to make money, look at the few latest releases, lets go through them:

Microsoft releases:

XP: fucked on release
Vista: fucked on release
360: fucked on release
windows server: fucked on release

Now lets check Sony's:
Ps3: 0.2% failure rate.
Home: still unreleased, but at least it wont be fucked on release.
LocationFreePlayer: no problems on release.
Latest Sony Ericons, about a 0.001 failure rate out-of-the-box..

nuff said.

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