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Full Home Service Ready Within A "Reasonable Timeframe"

The innovative PlayStation Home online service for the PlayStation 3 should eventually become one of the biggest selling points for Sony's machine. The sheer number of possibilities it can offer, and the next-gen gamer's love of just about anything online, should pave the way to future success. And while Sony has yet to issue a launch date for the final, full service, they simply say the date "doesn't matter."

According to a MCV interview with SCE president Kaz Hirai, it seems we can expect the full version of Home to arrive within a "reasonable timeframe," but that it "ultimately doesn't matter." Basically, he believes it's going to completely satisfy consumers and even if Microsoft releases their improved online service before Home hits, Hirai says it "won't be able to compete." Said Hirai:

"I’d much rather make sure we take the time to have a great service rather than rush something into the market – only for consumers to say: 'This is not enough for me.' I want to avoid that. If we have the right service, it doesn’t matter when we launch – so long as it’s in a reasonable timeframe.

Whether our competitors decide to follow what we’ve done with Home or not follow us, that’s up to them. Given the fact that I’ve delayed the launch of Home twice – for which I’ve apologised – I think I’ve done it for a very good reason, and that’s because I want to bring the very best service possible to consumers around the world. We’re very confident in when we do launch the open Beta service, it’s something that will really resonate with the consumers."

Hirai further confirmed that the open beta, which has been labeled in the past as fully operational and something akin to the Gmail rollout, is still set for this fall. Therefore, even if it's not the whole package, PS3 owners will still be able to get their first look at PlayStation Home before 2008 is out. Let's hope it's everything Sony wants it to be!

7/24/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

The_Vandelizer
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:41:21 AM
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It Does Matter but i would like it to be Perfect.... Ben any Werd on the Secret Game?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:51:50 AM

No, sorry. We'll keep looking.

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Fabi
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:42:27 AM
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I've never seen anything in the pics and videos, that makes me say, "wow that looks awesome". Not saying it doesn't look interesting, but I really don't know if this is going to work.

Imagine if it fails. That would be a terrible blow to Sony.

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Bugzbunny109
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:43:42 AM
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Of course xbox new internet service wont compete, because all they did is add avatars, like the wii can, i mean come on, home can do 20 times more stuff than the "new xboxlive".

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Minishmaru
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 11:43:55 AM
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It definitly looks awesome and I can't wait just to get into the Beta...but geez...another one of those unveiled waaaaay too early type of deals.

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 12:13:56 PM
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Home looks great, but could fall on it's face if Sony have missed they guess on what the consumers want.
let's hope it hits the right mark.

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LegioN
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 12:27:02 PM
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I hope Trettons prediction about how great this is is correct, otherwise the flaming will begin, from everyone, including Playstation users.

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Dustinwp
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 12:45:18 PM
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I've been part of the closed beta testing since it started and I think people will really enjoy this service.It's changed so much from what it was to what it is now.If Sony would have released it even six months ago people would have been disappointed,but Sony has been putting in a lot of work on Home and it really is turning out nicely.

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Dustinwp
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 1:01:41 PM
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Also for the people who think Sony's dragging their feet on Home and not working on it fast enough they do updates for Home almost weekly.So they seem to be aware that people are getting impatient.

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JPBooch
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 2:27:59 PM
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I would have rather had it sooner in some form with the weekly updates then having to wait and wait and wait. It has the potential to be setting themselves up for a disappointment from the public.

Nothing is ever perfect, just release it or at least start the open beta already.

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karneli lll
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 5:00:02 PM
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EvilIncarnate, what feautures does home currently have?

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Tatsujin
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 6:42:05 PM
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Karneli: That would be a very long list for Evilincarnate to write on here...

JPBooch and everyone that thinks like him: Why would you want it as soon as possible and then be forced to update it every week, all you are going to do is bi*** about how much Sony dosnt care about you because they delivered an "unfinished" service to you.

Get over it, whinning wont help, and if we had got it on it's first launch date almost everyone would bi*** and you know it.

And don't say that "I would not have bi***ed because of all the updates and the unfinished service they provided for us" Because EVERYONE saw what happend when the PS3 first launched... It was missing so many features, and they had updates almost every other week untill everyone started to bi*** at them...

Yea, now it's better.. but Sony still had to go through all the bi***ing they have been recieving yea? I don't think they wanna go that way agian anyways.

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Dustinwp
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 6:57:29 PM
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The launch tool for games works well,customization for anything and everything,pool,chess,bowling,safe menu for reporting idiots,weird little arcade games,friends list,and chat feature that looks to be an upgrade from the XMB chat feature.There is more,but I'm not going to list them all.It does seem most of the important features are working and they have to be getting close to done.

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Nightshade386
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 7:08:16 PM
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"A reasonable timeframe"

Ha.

I'm really more likely to believe in the Easter Bunny at this point.....

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 9:25:26 PM

No offense, but you seem not to want to believe anything Sony says...

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Qubex
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 9:44:05 PM

Ben, it is a tough one. I want to believe, but I have had difficulty in the past. I am going to stick with it for now... we have some awesome titles and services coming along as long as the Sony hype machine doesn't go into overdrive...

Home is looking good though - from the screenshots and what has been reported thus far :)

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Nightshade386
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:39:43 PM

Well Ben they've been promising Home is right around the corner basically since launch. It does seem a bit of a fool's folly to really believe them when they say it's coming soon. Fool me once, yada yada....

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MirrorSoul
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 8:56:05 PM
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Evilincarnate I notice that your comments are simplistic....Does Sony have yall sign a waver to not expose too much info on Home!!

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 9:42:56 PM

It's in the User Agreement. And from what he's said so far, he's already close to the line on it. So we should be thankful he's willing to share this much.

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Dustinwp
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:05:27 PM

Actually the ThePoetRazel is correct we do have a user agreement,so I will keep the rest to myself so I don't get kicked out of the beta.I probably am stepping close to or on the line,but I know I would be thankful if someone gave me a little info on something I was curious about.It's going to be a great service so be excited,because people are going to love it! (Plus it's free!)

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Enfildate
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 9:34:01 PM
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I remember that i read in a game informer interview that Shane Kim, corporate vice-president of microsoft, said that home will not be as good as everyone thinks and that it would take a decade to make something like this and that xbox live is better. Now, home is almost here, its free, xbox is trying to catch up, and you still have to pay for xbox live lolol.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 10:10:53 PM
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For the record, and I'm only going to say this once: the biggest "hype machine" in the industry is, and has always been since the inception of the Xbox, MICROSOFT. Trust me when I say this; I've been around for a while, and there isn't a company MORE interested in posturing and dumping on the competition. I promise you all that.

The idea of the Sony "hype machine" began with the PS2, but it was mostly due to the media blowing everything out of proportion (which we're prone to do). But it was Microsoft who issued ads for the Xbox saying "The Most Powerful System on Earth." It was Microsoft who tried to say the Xbox wouldn't even have load times. And it's always, ALWAYS Microsoft who first forms a mud ball and slings it at the competition. Sony may take subtle jabs and promote their products, as any other major corporation on the planet, but NOBODY hypes like MS.

Nobody.

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Tatsujin
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 1:02:24 AM

I really have to agree with Ben. Not because I envy his job and himself :P but honestly I have noticed the increase of hype after the first Xbox, it spread like a plaque amongst all the systems...

Maybe it was because Sony had the only real winning system and no one really cared about when anything came out, because most of them had the PS anyways, or maybe it was because games just wernt as big as they are now....

but yea, I have noticed a huge jupe in hype over almost anything that has to do with gaming after MS let out Xbox (Which really didn't do much anyways) but it did give Sony a bit of competition-not to mention Halo was a fantastic game that no other system had!

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The_Vandelizer
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 12:09:11 AM
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ummm sounds kind of Fanboyic!!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 12:59:11 AM
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It's really not. I'm going by what I see, plain and simple. I DO own a 360 and I owned the original Xbox as well...but in terms of "hype," nobody matches MS. And they would tell you that's a GOOD thing, I promise.

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Tatsujin
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 1:04:59 AM

They would? They have.. I have seen them many times claiming that all the Hype for Halo 2 was a very good thing because the hype was gonna pay off.. And it did with Halo 2, but they did the same with Halo 3 and personally, for me, it didn't deliever. It was pretty much Halo 2 in HD with some changes and a few added features...

But yea, What Ben said about MS hype wasn't fanboyic at all--it's his view of what's happening and I agree with it, because hes been into this type of stuff probably longer than everyone that posts here.

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aaronisbla
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 5:12:41 AM

I think the reason some would say its kinda fanboyic is because its such a bold statement. But seriously, if you think about it, the man has a point. Its not like he saying "LULZ the 360 sux ass because i say so!" cuz honestly, it doesn't. Now that would be fanboy talk.

I don't even take it as an insult to the 360 or anything, but im sure Ben isn't the only one that thinks/knows this.

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GamerKid123
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 6:30:49 AM
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Yeah, ms does hype alot over there products, and in the end they only have their payed executives and fanboys to back them up...
where as sony relies soley on the facts and advertisments.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 11:54:35 AM
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I'm certainly not the only one, and I'm not bashing on the 360 or the original Xbox. I owned both, and had/have a lot of fun experiences on both. No doubt about it. And I'll probably own whatever the next MS console will be.

But on this subject, I don't waver. The only real "hype machine" out there is MS.

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Minishmaru
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 3:06:28 PM
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Yeah, well M$ doesn't have anything left to hype anymore so I don't see much for them in the future for the 360 except for buying exclusives and dlc.

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Tatsujin
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 6:40:25 PM

Actually now they have FF XIII to hype.. but that would help Sony as well in ways... and don't forget about GoW 2 which really dosn't need any hype at all.

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JPBooch
Saturday, July 26, 2008 @ 11:25:00 AM
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Wow, this comment section took a left turn. I personally never cared for the x-box or 360, been a nintendo guy for the past 15 years before PS3 and Atari before that. (dating myself). The hype for their systems never impressed me.

As far Tatsujin having a titty attack on my comment, you missed the important part of the message that it will never be perfect, therefore you will always have people b****ing.
But, the point is well taken. What they should have done was release it into open beta earlier than everyone could partake and no one would b***ch since it is a work in progress.

Christ, how long has this sites comments been in beta?

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Pavex
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 9:41:45 AM
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the only thing i'll say is....i'm gettin REAL tired of people sayin "yu gotta PAY fer ms live"!!! NOT TRUE! if yu wanna play online games then yu need the gold!(which IS $50) silver is FREE! i feel yu DO git a better online gaming exp. with xbox then ps3 *cough* mgo *cough* sony is TILL trying to give us something GREAT for free but i think the economics of it are starting to hit home (no pun intended)lol.....tho home will be good i feel.....i think folks are gonna be surprised at the nickle diming that's gonna go on for ALOT of the neater stuff for yer "home"! say i'm wrong....but i feel that will be the case! i'm no fanboy have ALWAYS owned ALL the systems cos i feel there are GREAT games on all of em! to tie one's self to ONE system like linus' blanket, imho, is closing yerself off to some GREAT fun! GAME ON!

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