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Rumor: Home Beta E-Mail Invites Sent?

Officially, invites for the upcoming PlayStation Home beta have not yet gone out, but there are reports flying around the Internet that a few lucky users have seen the e-mail they've been waiting for.

The question is whether or not this is the one and only round of e-mails, or if more are coming to the U.S. As it stands now, it seems more than a few European PS3 owners have received e-mails confirming their attendance in the Home beta. The only beta going on right now is a closed one; in fact, Euro testers have been involved in that beta for months, but what American gamers are interested in is the public beta. The last report from Sony on the beta involved that PlayStation 3 Home theme you can download off the Store; once downloaded, you will officially be part of the beta drawing. However, Sony did say they will give preference to those who have "been active" on the Network, which obviously means you'll have to be playing around online quite often in order to get noticed.

We imagine nothing is going to get cleared up until we have official announcements, and in the meantime, because Home is global, it's tough to produce accurate reports. Most everything we see is rumor, so if anybody out there has seen e-mails, or knows anything regarding new Home information, feel free to let us know. Honestly, we don't know much more than you guys right now.

8/14/2008 Ben Dutka

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Scarecrow
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 11:31:44 PM
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:(

Can they make this public?
sheesh

They can still close it for long periods of time if anything.

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Mudmaster
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 11:33:27 PM
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We are all waiting this moment!!!!

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Zapix
Thursday, August 14, 2008 @ 11:39:40 PM
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Only thing I've gotten from Sony regarding any betas was if I preorder SOCOM I can join the public beta. Nothing on HOME, but then again, I'm in the US, not EU.

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im4vivisection
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 12:30:32 AM
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I swear, the second I read this article, I jumped straight out of my game chair onto my pc to check my hotmail for that letter of much anticipated news, but unfortunately saw nothing other than the usual ps blog news. :(
Well, good luck guys...there's still that chance! I just hope I'm one of the lucky bunch!

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aaronisbla
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 3:03:09 AM

i did the same thing, i didnt even bother reading the whole blog on this subject, i saw it listed in my subscription window and went straight to me email, alas, no confirmation

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Qubex
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 12:43:53 AM
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Overall though... still sad considering that Sony's success can be attributed to the fans that support it, and have supported it for years. Why not make it easy for people to join in the fun. Why create a beta "apartheid" by restricting access for so long. The more people that can contribute and test the system, the better I say... and that goes for games in beta too!

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Tatsujin
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 2:43:04 AM
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It's called a beta for one reason; Test. Chefs' taste their food before they send it out. Game Developers test their games before they send it out. Car Manufacturers drive their cars before they send it out. I don't know where you've been hiding, but it's a regular day-to-day basis with almost anything that has technology running it--it is being tested. Home has the same exact concept. Yes, it does take long... no, we won't be disappointed. Now, I can't speak for everyone... but for the ones that are truly looking for some fun within Home, I gurantee you'll be astonished.

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dillonthebunny
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 4:43:53 AM
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im on the Beta!!!!


lol, i saw this news item and thought.. Hmm, i wonder if they have invited me!

and they have!


only an 85meg download too, sweet.

i'll post in the main forum my impressions.. after ive got to grips with it.

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THE NTMIDTR
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 5:20:48 AM
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Can I Haz An Invite Sony?

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LegioN
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 6:05:07 AM
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I'm from the EU and i seem to be the ONLY one who didn't get in.

By browsing the European forums it seems that the EU beta testers were chosen completely at random because alot of people who spend ample amounts of time and money on PSN didn't get in, and some people who have bought next to nothing and play "every now and then" got it.


Kind of a shaft but things are always like that over here in the EU :/

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dillonthebunny
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 6:19:03 AM
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legion, you on the official sony forums?

thats the only reason i was invited.

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LegioN
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 10:32:14 AM

If by sony forums you mean EU playstation community forums, then yes i am :[ Still didn't get in..

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Minishmaru
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 8:17:15 AM
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I was successful with the Warhawk Beta invite lol...other than that...nothing on the HOME front

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n8dogg
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 8:24:35 AM
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ive been beta testing home since may 07 and its not that cool. they have a lot potential but there not over the hump yet. i hope they have a big update before they make it a public beta or most people will be mad about it.

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Dustinwp
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 9:00:00 AM

@n8dogg it's a run down beta version of Home.We don't even know all the features of the finished product.Sony isn't going to give us all the features until Home goes public.Have you not noticed the lack of third-party presence in Home beta.

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firehahahahaha
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 8:24:51 AM
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I checked my mail and there was nothing there for me either

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DcIronfist
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 9:00:03 AM
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guess I am waiting for the public launch!!

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n8dogg
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 11:07:32 AM
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I UNDERSTAND THEIR NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU THE FULL PRODUCT. THE POINT IS THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO GET INTO THE BETA AND FOR WHAT REASON. MOST WILL NOT BE HAPPY RIGHT NOW. THATS ALL IM SAYING.

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Dustinwp
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 11:47:26 AM

@n8dogg I completely agree with you about people not being happy with Home at it's current state and believe there is a lot more to Home then what we have seen in the beta.I was responding to your comment in my last post where you said "Home isn't that cool".You can't judge a book by it's cover,unless it's some cheesy romance novel your wife is reading!

Last edited by Dustinwp on 8/15/2008 11:48:46 AM

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dillonthebunny
Friday, August 15, 2008 @ 6:58:35 PM
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Home is cool, one mans wine is another mans poison kinda thing.

day one, im finding it very cool.. but will i be still finding it cool by day 30 and beyond? I dont know.

but it has potential, masses of it.

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Dr_Frodo
Saturday, August 16, 2008 @ 9:39:52 AM
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I hope the e-mails are still bein' sent out here in Europe. I'm connected and playing over the PSN more than the average PS3 user and ave spend quite a bit on the store. (not to mention downloaded quite a lot of the free stuff)

If I don't get in, they must be looking for those gamers who don't sleep much or in fact send 'em out randomly.

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arilifus
Sunday, August 17, 2008 @ 1:19:04 PM
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I was on the original Beta test group for Home and two days ago received an email from Sony regarding a second phase of Home Beta testing that would require a download of a new software version. Also, I am not European.

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afyrebrd
Sunday, August 17, 2008 @ 3:45:16 PM
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There ARE Americans in the beta and have been since the European one rolled out. I know because I am one of them. There were at least a few of us. lol I received the e-mail regarding a new beta client a few days ago, but I haven't downloaded it yet. Guess I'll have to check it out because I was bored with what was offered before.

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ThePoetRazel
Sunday, August 17, 2008 @ 7:08:50 PM
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Interesting that the 2 comments above have only 1 post to their names and both claim to be part of the beta. Sounds suspicious to me. And similar to every other such claim.
All of these are trolls that attempt to spread disinformation. These people are the dregs of the of H4x0r society.

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arilifus
Sunday, August 17, 2008 @ 10:42:06 PM
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Its my first post because I usually have nothing to reply about. But seeing as how everyone was only posting about it being Europeans and I had first hand knowledge otherwise I wanted to inform everyone.

It is rather childish of you to call me a troll just for trying to help spread information, correct information at that.

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arilifus
Sunday, August 17, 2008 @ 11:17:07 PM
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Its my first post because I usually have nothing to reply about. But seeing as how everyone was only posting about it being Europeans and I had first hand knowledge otherwise I wanted to inform everyone.

It is rather childish of you to call me a troll just for trying to help spread information, correct information at that.

If you would like, this is my PSU profile page: http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/profile?user.id=1542717

Which that username is also my ID on PSU. Feel free to message me sometime.

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 5:51:37 AM

Your profile page on another site doesn't prove a thing.
I suggest that you are a troll here, not necessarily here. And frankly, i see no proof otherwise. Virtually everything about these messages from supposed Non-EU Home Beta Testers stinks of trolldom.
Whether the beta is EU or expanded beyond, there are many people on the net who are obviously pretending to be in the Home beta to spread disinformation. Probably, they think they are great manipulators, while in actuality they are amateurs.
And you are so obviously one of these people that no one would even need to question it.

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arilifus
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 4:16:54 PM

Beside my username on the PSU it even lists me as a quote "Home Beta Tester." Does Sony mark individuals as Beta Testers when we really aren't to go troll boards?

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indieacer
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 5:49:09 AM
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I can confirm that this is for real - I got the following email this morning:

Dear Tom


PlayStation®Home is a 3D, interactive, evolving service, exclusive to PLAYSTATION®3. It's free to download and easy to use. Home is the place to be if you want to deepen your gaming experience - the place where you can meet, chat, plan, and launch games together. Also, you can fully customise your avatar, decorate your own Home apartment, play mini-games, watch videos, take part in events, and much more - it's all part of the Home experience.


We've chosen to offer access to Home to a select number of PLAYSTATION®3 owners, and as a valued member of PLAYSTATION®Network, you have been selected to be amongst the first to try this exciting new service.


To take part, and play an important role in helping us evolve and grow the service over the coming months, please redeem your unique promotional code below using your PLAYSTATION®3 and join us in Home.


How to redeem your Promotional code and access Home


To redeem the code connect to PLAYSTATION®Network, select [Account Management], then select [Transaction Management], click on [Redeem PLAYSTATION Network Card or Promotion Code] and enter your unique code:


XXXX-XXXX-XXXX


Home will download to [Games]. Install the software and the Home icon will appear in [Games]. Click this icon to enter Home!


Note: Promotional codes can only be used once and only the PSN Online ID we sent this email to will be able to connect to Home


Please remember that Home is currently in a restricted testing phase, which means that we'll be constantly adding new features and content, and testing the service, over the coming months. As part of your participation, we'll also occasionally ask you about your experiences, and gather feedback, so we can continually improve the service.


Also please understand that this is a closed and confidential beta and your participation is subject to our Terms of Use which will be presented to you the first time you connect to Home. Please keep all discussion of your experiences within Home confidential and limit them to our private Home Beta Forum.


The European PlayStation forums are here:
http://community.eu.playstation.com/


If you are an existing user of our forums you will find the forum in the Private section within the next few days. Please note this process is subject to network availability so delays may be experienced.
If you have not logged into our forums before you will need to do so using your PSN account and then visit one public forum. This will establish your PSN account on the forums. Please allow up to 72 hours from this point for us to give your account permission to visit the private forum. We will not write to you again; just visit the forums a few days later.


Welcome to PlayStation®Home.


Yours,



Dan Hill
Home Service Manager
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

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n8dogg
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 1:12:54 PM
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I ALSO AM AN AMERICAN IN THE BETA TEST OF HOME. ITS REAL. WERE REALLY OUT THERE. SORRY. AND JUST TO CLEAR THINGS UP FROM EARLIER. HOME COULD BE COOL JUST NOT RIGHT NOW IN MY OPINION. IF YOU THINK WALKING AROUND AND TALKING TO PEOPLE YOU DONT KNOW IS COOL THEN ITS RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY BUT IF YOU LIKE GAMING THEN ITS NOT GOING TO GET YOU ALL EXCITED. I ALSO DOWNLOADED THE NEW BETA VERSION AND I SAW NO CHANGES TO IT AT ALL. MAYBE THEY WILL DO ANOTHER UPDATE SOON BUT UNTIL THEN WELL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.....................

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afyrebrd
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 1:22:40 PM
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To ThePoetRazel,
Nice to know that you gauge whether someone is a troll by how many posts they've made. I'd say you're the troll for attacking those that are trying to share info. Do you want screenshots or what? lol
Though I'm sure that this still isn't good enough for you, following is the e-mail that I received from SCEA. I sent Ben a copy of it yesterday. His reply said that he posted it up in the updates.

PSXE EDIT by Ben Dutka: Yes, I did, so we can all calm down now. If you want to see part of it, Poet, it's in the article.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 8/18/2008 6:46:39 PM

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 6:47:26 PM
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Poet, I know you want to keep trolls out as much as I do, but I think this is one instance where these guys are telling the truth. I have the copied e-mails from them, and they seem official to me. I know you meant well for PSXE, though. :)

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