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E-Mail: Expanded Closed Home Beta Kicked Off On August 14

Over the past few days, we've been hearing more and more about an expanded beta test for PlayStation Home. However, details have been extraordinarily hazy: we weren't sure if the e-mail invites for a new phase had already gone out, we didn't know if they were only for European PS3 owners, and we weren't sure what would be different about this "expanded beta test." But thanks to one reader, we have a few more answers.

One American tester received an official e-mail from SCEA, telling him the current phase ended on August 14 and now, one must download the new version of Home to continue the testing. It's not surprising to learn that those already in the closed beta would be allowed into the new version, but it's certainly good to know this "expanded" test applies to the U.S. as well. Here's some of the text from that e-mail:

Dear PLAYSTATIONHome Beta Tester,

We are now moving into the next phase of PLAYSTATIONHome's evolution. As a current tester, we'd like you to continue participating in PLAYSTATIONHome.

Your existing PLAYSTATIONHome Beta will no longer work as of approximately August 14th, 2008. You will need to delete the old version of PLAYSTATIONHome in order to install the new Expanded Closed Beta Client. You can delete PLAYSTATIONHome by selecting it and pressing TRIANGLE and then choosing Delete. Please remember to delete your saved data for it too. You will find it under [Saved Data Utility] in the [Game] section of the XMB (XrossMediaBar).

When will the open beta arrive? Sony still says to expect it later this fall, but for now, they're most certainly moving forward with the closed beta testing. We have yet to see evidence of new beta testers allowed into this closed phase, though, so you shouldn't get your hopes up about getting in if you haven't already been part of the process.

8/17/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (10 posts)

Reccaman18
Sunday, August 17, 2008 @ 10:51:48 PM
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I was wondering when they would officially start the expanded home beta. I wish I was in :(

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SerendipityDeus
Sunday, August 17, 2008 @ 11:00:19 PM
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Don't we all? Lol lets all hope the open beta gets here soon

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akiris
Sunday, August 17, 2008 @ 11:30:34 PM
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Ya i agree i wanted in it so bad but now i dont rilly care. When it gets here than its hear but i am not stressing over it any more i just hope its better than thay say it is

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Scarecrow
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 12:28:32 AM
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I'm actually getting a little tired of the HOME thing.

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The_Vandelizer
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 12:36:25 AM
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Home? oh yea its still not out yet!!!

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Qubex
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 1:22:05 AM
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I'm pretty miffed that we are still waiting to be included. It so cruel... at the moment I feel like a child who wants a toy to play with... and we still wait!

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe ...when it arrives"

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LegioN
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 4:29:27 AM
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Well as far as EU is concerned, the invitations started last week but it has been stated by the community manager for the EU playstation forums that all invitations haven't been sent out.

They will continue to roll out invitations over the next few weeks.

Last edited by LegioN on 8/18/2008 4:29:51 AM

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javon_27
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 8:39:32 AM
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i think all of us at psxextreme should be included in the open beta

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n8dogg
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 9:05:54 AM
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i downloaded the new beta last night and it hasnt changed from the old one i already had. its not ready for the masses yet. its actually pretty boring right now. i go and check on it about once a month.

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Minishmaru
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 1:26:21 PM
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I'd rather hear people bitching about how long its taking for HOME to come out rather than people bitching about all the bugs and crap they are experiencing

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