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Extended Home Beta For Japan, Namco Museum Included

So our European friends have had the chance to participate in a closed beta for PlayStation Home for quite some time now, and another closed beta - an extended version - for Japan will kick off later on this month. Yes, that means the U.S. is dead last, but at the same time, we should be getting an open beta, which is significantly different.

Anyway, we're expecting many of the features that weren't available in either of the closed beta, and as evidence of that, Japan's beta will be getting a nifty little addition: a beta version of a new Namco Museum within Home. Basically, according to IGN, you'll be playing old arcade classics while wandering about your fancy virtual world. Dive right in to arcade titles like Galaga, Dig-Dug, Pac-Man and more, and they may even include rankings and other community features. More original arcade games "based off Echochrome" will also show up, so we're hoping this will be part of the public beta in North America. The Home service is specifically designed for a new generation, but why not remember the glory arcade days at the same time?

As any new updates for PlayStation Home become available, we'll be sure to deliver them ASAP. After all, games like LittleBigPlanet won't be complete without the innovative online service, right? Sony has already confirmed the public beta will be rarin' to go in the U.S. this fall, so it's not much longer now!

7/31/2008 Ben Dutka

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dso8515
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 10:06:35 PM
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Well yeah, Sony said the open beta would be ready to go in the US this fall, but they also said Life with Playstation would be released by the end of this month and that obviously didn't happen. This wouldn't be the first time they said something would be available by a certain time and it gets delayed for some reason or another.

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Tatsujin
Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 10:21:15 PM
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I want Home now!

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souljah92
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 12:16:06 AM
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lol please nobody flare at me for askin wat may be a stupid question but, what is "life with playstation" that everyone is talking about? ben could you respond to this please?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 12:38:12 AM

It's like a global weather/news service. You'd log on and get the pertinent weather and news information, apparently.

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souljah92
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 1:37:50 PM

lol people were making it so big i assumed it may have been something fun, you already get the local weather and stuff in games like gt5 prologue and burnout paradise

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psxjunkhead85
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 12:27:44 AM
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Something thats tells you the weather in news pretty crappy if you ask me nothing to get excited about.

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Odd Child
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 10:17:44 AM

If it runs in 1080P might be good. ROFL!

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Scarecrow
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 3:19:53 AM
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I want to go HOME already...
I don't care if it's a beta, just want them to open this up already.

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Minishmaru
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 7:40:59 AM
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its not exactly crappy, they're adding to their promise of having the PS3 as a very versatile machine. Its gonna be able to friggen make hotcakes on day! jk...would be nice tho

Hey Ben! If we have a Japanese PSN account...does that mean we can get an invite?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 10:18:18 AM

No, I don't think so. I think we're all just going to have to wait for the public beta this fall. :)

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Mista
Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 11:13:08 AM
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Aw... man come on Sony. So tired of hearing about this and oh it's gonna be great, and we promise this and closed that. GIVE US HOME AND STOP TEASING US SONY! Hopefully this turns out great like it should be and it's not a half ass version of 2nd life. I still haven't seen or heard any more news about the Trophy rooms or streaming of audio and video off your PS3 HDD since they 1st announced it.

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