PlayStation Home 1.00 Released, Open Beta Ready?
Okay, ladies and gents, we can't be far from the PlayStation Home open beta test. We just can't be.
According to PS3Fanboy, Version 1.00 of Home has been released to current closed beta testers, and this update moves the service from the "Game" section of the XMB to the PlayStation Network area. Changes include a few area name changes, the addition of an Online Manual and Tutorial (another clue), and the ability to background download new Home spaces. Perhaps the most significant new feature is the Clubs system: this allows users to set up clubhouses where up to 32 players can congregate at once, which is another cool idea. However, there seems to be some discrepancy over this issue, as the first report stated that Clubs would be a "Pay-For" service; while closed beta testers can check 'em out for free, they'll cost money to open beta users when the time comes. But to contradict this, a Sony developer said- "Clubs do not cost money. There will be premium club houses." So we're not crystal clear on the whole cost part, but at least we know they exist.
So anyway, even though PlayStation Home 1.00 didn't exactly coincide with the launch of the long-awaited open beta, the latter can't possibly be too far off. We're trying to get Sony to nail down an actual launch date for this, but we get the feeling they won't say a word until they're good and ready. ...better be soon, guys!
11/21/2008 Ben Dutka