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Sony "Madly Working" To Hit Home Release, Process "Going Well"

We’re still not sure when the open beta for PlayStation Home will arrive, but Sony insists they’ll have it ready before the year is out. But it won’t be a cakewalk; president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Jamie MacDonald, says they’re “madly working” to get it ready.

According to Videogamer.com, MacDonald was speaking during the Gamer 3.0 conference yesterday morning in London, and he also said that thus far, development on Home is “going well.” They remain confident in their reconfirmed TGS 2008 announcement that the innovative online communication service would drop before the end of the year, which is good new for PlayStation 3 owners. Earlier, some rumors speculated that we might see the open beta launch with closed Home beta version 1.00, and/or with PS3 firmware update 2.50. However, these rumors have since been proven false, and all we have is the rumored November 19 date, which Sony refuses to comment on. Here’s more of what MacDonald had to say:

"The reason why we even started developing that (PS3 Home) was really a frustration a few years ago that the online experience for most games players was geeky, tedious and short. Certainly in my experience, I got into a first person shooter online and I lasted about 15 seconds. It's not much fun. So that was really our driving force with Home, to provide an environment where it's fun to go, you can hang out with like-minded people and talk about games, play games, have a look at the leaderboards, but in an environment that was game centred but not just for these teenage boys, who are fine, but they enjoy very much shooting people, which is fine."

The possibilities for something like Home are endless, but until we get a hands-on look at it, we’re just going to have to trust the feedback of closed beta testers. Thankfully, most all of that feedback has been positive, but we’re still anxiously anticipating the open beta release. We’ll keep you updated.

10/28/2008 Ben Dutka

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Odd Child
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 5:32:24 PM
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Glad to hear its finally going to come out soon. I would be glad to get a beta invite to see what all the hype is about.

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Dingodial
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 5:54:54 PM
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I wish I had broadband soooooo bad! I do hope home comes out soon because sony said the same thing last year but it didn't come out. They even released a video of it on the PS store last year and at the end of it, it said "Coming Soon".

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Fabi
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 6:05:11 PM
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@Ding - Yeah Sony really screwed up advertising for it way too early.

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Daedusian
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 9:03:00 PM
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At this point in time, a date of anything before 2009 hits is fine by me. I don't really care about the specifics so long as it's THIS year!

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The_Vandelizer
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 6:18:33 AM
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Sony needs to promote Home better not a lot of people know about it.... i work at Best Buy and when i have customers ask for the ps3 i ask them do u kno about playstation home ? they always say no..... so i explain the fastest way possible they always ask when is that out i say soon.... they always buy the ps3 with like 2 games and a remote i make sure people leave with at least one game....

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 10:45:11 AM
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lol...Home is going to be like internet chat rooms and the like. As soon as a female avatar shows up, she's going to get swarmed by gamers wanting to chat her up.

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