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Home Theme Beta Invites Delivered

Some time ago, Sony put a special PlayStation Home PS3 Theme on the Store for a free download. If you nabbed it, you were automatically placed in the running for a possible spot in the closed Home beta.

Well, according to European site NextGamer, these invites have now been sent out by Sony. So check your e-mail inboxes; if you were chosen to take part in the final testing for the closed beta, your key should've been delivered by now. Unfortunately, as has typically been the case in recent months when attempting to report on the status of the beta invites, we have no idea if this includes North American PS3 users. After all, the confirmation comes from a European gaming site, and we've seen no official announcement from SCEA on the issue. But perhaps all this mystery won't matter in a few weeks time; the latest release date rumor says the open Home beta will launch on either November 18 or 19, so the closed beta should be about to wrap up. Despite the delays, Home remains one of the most anticipated features of the PS3, and if you want a look and aren't in the beta, feel free to pick up Qore Episode 6.

There's a special tour of the application, which we just saw last night. It's about what we expected, but we do expect a great deal from Home. Oh, and if you're interested, Episode 6 also features some behind-the-scenes videos for Need for Speed: Undercover, new trailers for Tomb Raider: Underworld, and very cute Japanese chicks at the Tokyo Game Show. Hell, even one of the hosts tries on some cosplay costumes. Hot. ...er, this started off being about Home, didn't it?

11/12/2008 John Shepard

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Comments (21 posts)

WaR_HaWk
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 10:09:34 PM
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i hate qore. i bought qore and didnt get R2/Socom beta, luckily i preordered R2. hope i get the invite.

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WaR_HaWk
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 10:16:41 PM

liars

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Qubex
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 11:16:12 PM
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Well, John, I have been in the Beta for quite some time. Whilst HOME holds promise, I feel it does need quite a bit more development. As it is currently running on limited server capacity downloading updates is painfully slow where I am. It may be faster in other territories.

I recently downloaded a 30mb expansion and it took 2 hours, it was very slow. I don't think the download was using the normal server capacity used for PSN specific content downloads. I can usually download large demo's in under an hour via the normal download route.

We will have to see, all I can say is this, that Sony will receive many suggestions form the general public, many ways the interface can be improved. Also helping Sony to focus in on areas of HOME that people want such as game accessing and managing friends more efficiently.

Whether people really want to use it as permanent virtual HOME, doing up their apartments, meeting with people and doing other things rather than game playing is another issue. I think time will tell what will be popular and what will not, and HOME will mature and develop along what users want... it is a never ending story...

Get ready for patches patches and more patches... downloads, downloads and more downloads :)

Q!

"i Am HomE"

Last edited by Qubex on 11/12/2008 11:18:07 PM

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The_Vandelizer
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 12:36:39 AM
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I got the Home Beta a week ago... funny thing was i was looking for the Killzone 2 beta...

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LegioN
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 7:25:48 AM
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Yeah i don't remember ever getting the chance to download a Home theme and i'm from the EU.. i download every theme i come across too :S

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 9:40:46 AM
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Yes neither did i LegioN, i'm pretty pssed off, also this Quore sh** has to end now before it gets out of hand, just because i refuse to subscribe doesnt i should get the short end of the stick.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 10:29:34 AM

That's like saying you won't pay for your ticket to the amusement park so the park needs to stop charging.

No one says you have to pay. But if you don't, you are on the other side of the gates...with the "short end of the stick." It's called life.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 11/13/2008 10:29:55 AM

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LightShow
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 10:35:52 AM

money money money...

Tis the nature of any coorporation, ultima, to try and charge for everything. Surely this isn't a surprise to you

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LegioN
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 11:05:57 AM

But ben, if you're from the EU then there really is no fairness to it, your "side of the fence" is chosen for you.

And whatever people may believe we do not get the same or more chances to participate in betas because all of these "invites" seem to only ever been sent to their selected beta testers.

It's not how it seems and i know this because like many others, i haven't been invited to anything from Sony, i am forced to use "backroads" so to speak. I wish it was the way most people believe it is but to be frank, it isn't.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 10:42:26 AM
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No its not, i payed for a ps3 so i should have the rights really,its just liek all these PSstore extras there charaging for, its absurd, they should be unlocked on he game for achieving a task rather than having to pay for them.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 11:13:55 AM

The rights to what? Owning the PS3 doesn't entitle you to free games so why should it entitle you to free online content and free online magazines? You have to pay for things that require money to generate, and Qore most certainly requires a cash flow.

This really seems quite logical to me.

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Orvisman
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 11:22:26 AM

Sounds like someone who believes he has a RIGHT to drive or own a home, instead of it being a privilege.

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karneli lll
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 10:58:59 AM
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if i use that logic then i shouldn't have paid for all my ps3 games, sony should pick my tab. like Ben said, you dont have to pay.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 11:15:24 AM
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LegioN: I understand a European gamer's frustration, of course. But this doesn't really have anything to do with services you need to pay for; that's universal.

As for the betas, EU was the first to receive the closed Killzone 2 beta AND many Home beta invites, so don't complain TOO much. ;)

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 11/13/2008 11:16:00 AM

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Thinker
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 12:17:32 PM
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I haven't subscribed to Qore, but had downloaded the Home theme. After reading this article, I checked my email and there was an invitation for Home Closed Beta. I'll download and install it after reaching home (no pun intended :) ) tonight.

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coverton341
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 2:34:28 PM
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@Thinker

that is actually the first time I have heard of anyone that downloaded the theme and is not an annual Qore subscriber getting into the Closed Beta no joke. I actually thought that Qore membership was one of the "determining factors" as Sony put it but I guess I was wrong. I downloaded the theme the first day it was available here in the US and have yet to see anything from it. I also spend a good 5-6 hours a night on PSN after work and have purchased many things from the PS store(well over a regrettable 200 dollar mark) just never opting for the Qore sub because I personally think online mags are dumb.

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Thinker
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 9:48:40 AM

I got the Beta, and I have to say no one was more surprised than me. Though I have a 6 MBPs DSL connection, my online PSN activity is nothing to write Home (pun intended :) ) about. I was under the impression as well that you have to have considerable PSN activity. The usual times I surf PSN is on Thursdays to check if there is anything new - like demos or free add-ons.

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Daedusian
Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ 6:36:28 PM
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I think Qore is good but not great. I honestly don't mind paying for it, I mean it is only 2 bucks an episode if you're a subscriber, BUT it could be a lot better than it is atm. For example, video content is very scarce (there should be AT LEAST 15-20 min of the game they are discussing) and there should be more downloads. I've been getting into the betas fine w/ Qore but I can see why others who have not are frustrated, of which also needs a fix.

I really hope next year they improve greatly on what they have now b/c I like the concept, but it's just not there yet.

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caddock
Friday, November 14, 2008 @ 7:05:48 PM
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All i know is that i have tried everything that you were suppose to do in order to receive a home beta invite and i have yet to see it. It's bad enough that there are many items on both the game and video side of the Playstation store that are clearly over-priced, but then to be told to buy or download something in order to guarantee a beta invite and be lied to makes one question their loyalty. I sorry, i'm just really tired of getting screwed by Sony all the time.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ 12:24:58 AM
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I think we might be reading too much into what Sony wants from us, I doubt they are spying on us so much that you have to have high activity with online play to get into betas. They have better things to do.

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simplesimon
Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ 11:04:29 AM
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What I would do for either the home or killzone beta

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