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Sony On Home Beta: "Expect To See A Lot Of New Faces"

Yesterday, we heard a rumor that a new round of PlayStation Home beta invites went out, thanks to a recorded phone call with Sony customer service. Of course, as you see in our previous article, another phone call didn't confirm the same thing, but nevertheless it got people talking.

So of course, we wanted the official word on the issue and turned to Sony. We received the following reply to our query from SCEA's Abigail Murphy:

"This week we are admitting the next big wave of testers into the closed beta. We've been admitting testers in over the past few weeks, but this week, expect to see a lot of new faces. A round of invites did go out this afternoon."

A little while back, we heard that those who had downloaded the PlayStation Home PS3 theme were automatically entered into a drawing for the closed beta. Sony would then select their new testers based on Network activity, which meant that those who spent a good deal of time online would be at the top of the list. Apparently, Sony is making good on this promise and ushering in the aforementioned "new faces." This is good news for the progression of this promising application, and we're all looking forward to the open/public beta. We'll keep you apprised of that situation as well, but in the meantime: yes, new invites did go out. Clarified. :)

Oh, and to clarify just a bit further, these invites went out to U.S. users, so we don't have to suffer from more region confusion.  And we figure that's only fair; European PS3 owners have had a shot at the closed beta for quite some time now.

9/2/2008 Ben Dutka

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chewookie
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 10:01:21 PM
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YES I AM IN MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jizmack
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 10:06:12 PM
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Invites are by mail arent they? anyways thanks for the info Ben

-off topic-
I just read a random forum page by googling and it said sumthing about confirmed fallout3 achievments so i click on it. someone says anyone know about trophies, and like 4 x box fanboy ppl are like what the hell are trophies and started downing ps3. i just laughed to myself.

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Wolfmaster
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 10:24:16 PM
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Ben, I was looking around the net, and found an artical saying certain features for home were being removed for security reasons. Video and music sharing were mentioned. Have you heard anything else?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 10:34:12 PM

Just translated rumors. I'm not putting any stock in them just yet.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 10:31:29 PM
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if that article didn't have a source of Sony actually claiming that then it's hardly credible., hence ppl in the beta can't legally give any information about it

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Daedusian
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 10:53:11 PM
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I got an invite but I was not online at all for the past month. The message just said because I downloaded the theme I was able to participate...

It's really awesome tho so far! Graphics are better than I originally thought.

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caliblue15
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 11:11:33 PM
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Sony must hate me. I am a Playstation Underground Member since 1997. A GAP member since 2007. Over $300 on the PSN. PS3 registered. All my games are registered. Over 30 games (not including PSN). Downloaded Home Theme. (Owned every Playstation System since day 1.)

And no Home for me... Come on Sony, your most faithful did not get picked. Yet people who have only had their PS3 for a month were picked, only because they bought a Qore Annual Subscription. Wake up Sony you are killing your hardcore gamer here.

Edit: I also leave it on 24/7 folding at home, because I know many people with cancer. What did I not do Sony, even they guy who never got on his PS3 got it...

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danr
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 4:26:56 AM

Someone needs a life...

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 5:48:00 AM

Getting the beta is not a reward for good behavior.
There's a draw, which means that there's a certain amount of random chance involved anyway.

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caliblue15
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 6:17:22 AM

Danr, I do have a life. I am engaged, and go to college. I am becoming a Civil Engineer. So you should keep your snipe comments to yourself.

I also enjoy playing Team sports on a daily occasion. (Flag Football, Basketball, Softball, etc.)

Also, I did not say I play 24/7, I play maybe 2hrs a day. I fold at home, because I lost my dad to cancer, so again, keep your snipe comments about someone you do not know to yourself.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 2:11:47 PM

Maybe you should have bought a Qore annual subscription. Does anyone know if they are going to be sending more rounds of invites? Maybe they will send invites weekly for a while or something.

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AceTatsujin
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 11:33:29 PM
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got an invite to Home Beta. enjoying it, lots of big screen TVs featuring R2 and Killzone2 and other games too and other pictures. It's pretty damn neat. Home is gonna be big ..

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ray taylor
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 @ 11:40:28 PM
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Came home today and saw an invite to Home. Really nice can't wait to see more.

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 12:16:19 AM
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I guess they are going to send invites all during the week?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 12:43:46 AM

Yes, and it should continue for a few weeks, too (I think).

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 1:26:07 AM
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They'll never invite me
I actually believe that I'll be the last person invited :D

Just this weird feeling

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TomG1013
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 2:03:45 AM
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it's all favortism selected by random drawings out of a hat in milwaukee that then gets translated into binary code so that "joshua" at chynne mountain can pick the names in alphabetical order

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LegioN
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 4:50:04 AM
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I never got invited in the EU one, still hurts to this very day.. lol

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LegioN
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 5:25:57 AM
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Btw ben, i wouldn't count on that, they said they would do it everyweek in the EU and they only did it twice :/

But then again, this is SCEA and not SCEE so maybe you're right.

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Zaben
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 5:27:41 AM
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Haven't got one yet. Doesn't make much difference to me though. Home holds a very small amount of my interest these days.

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chaosrunner
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 7:38:42 AM
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So I messed around on Home for an hour or so last night. I don't want to risk losing access, so I'm not going to go into details that may be covered under the agreements that came with the beta access, but I will say this:

Home is not a huge draw for me. It never has been and I doubt it ever will be. I'm not a big fan of avatar-based social interaction. It's just not my thing. However, I have always recognized the value that it will add to the Playstation brand if it is executed well.

It appears to me that this is being done correctly. There is still work to be done and I can understand why Sony has been delaying things, trying to make sure it goes smoothly. But what I have seen so far is a great beginning. I think Home is going to be everything that Sony has said and will provide a great social interaction method that will blow every other current console method away.

Slow and steady may win the race, no matter how frustrating it is waiting for it.

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Jed
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 1:42:04 PM
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They send the invites via e-mail, right?

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caliblue15
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 2:32:20 PM

Yes correct Jed.

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JPBooch
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 3:42:29 PM
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I too have a lot of hours logged in myself but don't think I'll get an invite since the email address on my psn account is different than my ps underground one. I guess we'll see what happens, can't wait to give this a spin though

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Tatsujin
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 4:35:19 PM
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Hey Ben, My invitation letter said it was a Closed Beta.... I thought this was supposed to be an invite to Open Beta?

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 9:51:24 PM

If you get invited to any beta, it means it's a closed beta. Open betas are for anyone and an invite is not needed.

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caliblue15
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 @ 7:50:14 PM
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no its closed until further notice.

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vampko
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 11:16:23 AM
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T_T I got invited to the Japanese Beta, but I don't know if I'll be able to use it with my American address TT_TT

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LowKii
Thursday, September 04, 2008 @ 3:10:37 PM
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:(. I diddn't get invited ahhh welllll I hope it will be out soon.

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tnasr
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 7:03:48 PM
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I feel like a chump checking my email daily for this home beta thing. Wait a second, do I need a playstation 3 to run it?? Oh no. Does playstation 3 even take beta cassettes? That's why I didn't bother getting one. I thought it only played bluegay.

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tnasr
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 1:21:17 AM
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Yes, I got invites to the Mexican Beta. Sweet!

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