Home Beta Invites Sent To North American PS3 Owners
Over the past few months, whenever we had to do a story regarding PlayStation Home beta invites, there was always a lot of erroneous information (not our fault, damnit) and more than a few rumors. We were never really sure if any North American PS3 users had received an invite to the closed beta, for example...but now we know.
I have gotten my invite to the beta and I know many of our readers have found the happy e-mail in their inboxes. So without any doubt, the first round of Home beta invites has gone out in the U.S., and if you haven't seen one, don't fret; we imagine more are on the way. Either that, or the launch of the open beta is only a few weeks off, which means you won't have to wait long, anyway. We're going to dive in later on and give you our impressions ASAP, but in the meantime, let us remind you of something: PlayStation Home is barely more than a foundation right now. When you see the open beta, that's exactly what it is; an open beta. Sony has a long ways to go - they're well aware of that fact - and in a couple years time, Home will look and feel nothing like it does now. The possibilities are limitless and given feedback from users and the creativity of the Home designers, we're confident Home will be a major selling point of the PS3. It kinda is now, but many strides have yet to be taken.
Oh, and we are hoping that all these rumors about certain aspects of Home coming with a price tag aren't trustworthy. As far as we know, Home is a free service and will remain that way, although we wouldn't be surprised to see some "premium content" go for a few bucks here and there.
11/21/2008 Ben Dutka