Sony Customer Service: Home Beta Invites Go Out Today?
The PlayStation Home beta should be right around the corner, although we don't have any official release date for the launch. We have been promised multiple times by SCEA that PS3 users in the U.S. will soon see invites to the beta and it won't slip out of 2008. Well, if you didn't notice the calendar, today is the first business day of September, and perhaps that could mean something...
A member of the official PlayStation boards decided to simply call and ask Sony Support when the Home beta invites will go out. He called several times and actually recorded them; it's the first call that has caused Internet ears to perk right up. You can listen to the first two calls over at FeedOnPS3, and as you clearly hear in the first call, the woman says the beta invites should go out "today." On the other hand, during the second call, the customer rep says, "unfortunately, they don't tell us that," which actually sounds more realistic. It would seem bizarre for a customer service rep to have the information before Sony released an official announcement on the issue, but hey, you never know... The optimists are going to be dissecting that first conversation word by word, that's for sure.
For our part, we will try to contact Sony and see if they have anything to say, but we're guessing we'll still have to wait. Nobody is more excited about Home than PSXE, but we're not about to grasp blindly at straws without anything concrete.
9/1/2008 John Shepard