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PlayStation Home Open Beta Launches Tomorrow: Party Time!

No more rumors. No more speculation. No more debate, discussion or argument. PlayStation Home is coming...and it's coming tomorrow.

That's right, Home director Jack Buser made the long-anticipated announcement over at the official PlayStation blog, which means Sony's constant insistence that the open beta would launch this year finally rings true. And as for all you PlayStation 3 owners out there, prepare for the virtual world that is merely in its infancy stages but will continue to grow in the years to come. The open beta will be available to all tomorrow, and if you didn't get a chance to sample the closed test, you'll want to spend a little while experimenting. There's a brief tutorial to help you get your feet wet, and from there on out, you can do everything from flexing your interior decorating muscle to hanging out with friends at your favorite club. As Buser says in the post, there's always something going on, and that includes parties, tournaments and other events. To keep up-to-date on scheduled events, make sure to frequent the PlayStation Home forums, where you can also expand your social ring.

Many of the top publishers in the industry are already on-board with Home, and that includes EA, Activision, Disney, THQ, Paramount, and Ubisoft, so of course, you will plenty of trailers, previews and ads in the Central Plaza (and elsewhere). As for that Plaza, closed beta testers may be surprised to see that it has been redesigned; Buser says they've made "major upgrades as a result of your community feedback," so don't think they weren't listening! They've added a 4-player mini-game called "Saucer Pop," and there are some changes to the Listen@Home feature. As Buser says, "Now, you'll be able to select from a number of songs and vote on your favorites." There's more - oh yes, lot's more - but the time for talking and typing is over. Get in there tomorrow and check it out for yourselves!

Home...is...HERE!

12/10/2008 Ben Dutka

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Shatterday
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 10:55:43 AM
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I am so stoked on Playstation Home, so stoked.

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Kiengo
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:03:19 AM
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I'm downloading the instant it becomes available.

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Gogaku
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:06:59 AM
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I hope it will be a little bigger than the closed beta, it wasn't much to do in that. Spent maybe half an hour exploring it, played some games, danced a little, and then I got bored with it. It's a great idea, it just need some depth at the moment.

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VinTheDean
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:51:15 AM

I think that having more people present will make a difference. You can play bowling, chess, and other MP games on there. Plus, you can use the Game Launching feature.

Warhawk, here I come!!

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Crono
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:13:41 AM
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Am glad, and looking forward to it.

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:13:49 AM
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ben do you know if this will be available internationally or only in the major regions ?

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FLYING_APE
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:41:53 AM

internationally

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crapreviews
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:13:54 AM
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Ok i guess the "news tip" area on this site does not work. I sent in 3 different links to 3 different sites, including the playstation blog, about this at like 4am EST.

great post ben... lol

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coolistic
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:17:22 AM

Hey dude, Ben and Arnold are constantly updating this site - they deserve time off sometimes;)

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:20:32 AM

Nah, the guys must have slept late today. This was posted 2 or 3 different places before here.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:18:27 AM
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Okay. This means the world is ending TONIGHT! :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:19:48 PM

Don't worry Troy I won't let it, The World Ends With ME!

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ec0li
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:32:53 AM
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"Home" is where the heart is?

There's no place like "Home"?

"Home" sweet "Home"?

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 9:03:02 PM

Home Sweet Home was a great song. lol

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noshownogo
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:36:27 AM
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Home will be a great interface if utilized correctly by not only Sony but the users...it is going to take some serious servers to run Home when thousands attempt to download and log in.

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FLYING_APE
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:43:14 AM
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oh crap i like coldplay nooooooooooo

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Arvis
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 12:40:12 PM

Dude, Coldplay rocks...

-Arvis

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:26:32 PM

@Arvis...

I almost might shed a tear for you but I'm too busy laughing that you think Coldplay "rocks"

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Fane1024
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:08:55 PM

And I'm laughing that you think Sarah Palin is a MILF.

...not with a ten-foot pole (and that's not counting the blackness of her soul).

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FallenClyro
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 6:30:25 PM

Well you got to admit, for a politician she's pretty hot!

I can't wait for Home!

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 6:53:31 PM

Don't pick and choose man...

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hald
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:59:10 AM
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LooooooL.. Gonna go home very soon! Can't wait really!

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:59:44 AM
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so how do i download it cause the store is not available in my country ?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:21:26 PM

You can set up an account in any country you like, I stick to my 1 US account so I wouldn't know how to do it right off the bat but some people here have accounts all over the place.

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whooka
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 12:17:04 PM
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Is this why there's a new system update out? Last night I was surprised to be prompted to update my system as I've not seen any news of any recent system updates coming out and having had my system bricked by one of them before I won't install any updates until they've been out in the wild for a week or so. As for Home I received an invitation to one of the recent betas but never took Sony up on it as the whole thing thus far seems like some old crap AOL would've had back in the day. I really didn't buy a console to have to interact with others, just the opposite really (I'm coming off about 10 years of online/network PC gaming so console online play is nothing too earth shattering).

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Dante399
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 12:37:16 PM
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I'm just curious the final version of HOME will it be on BD or downloadable?
And just a wondering or suggestion...will HOME support "job system" i.e. get paid for work within the game?

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HUSO
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:30:17 PM

u r joking right ??

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:27:13 PM

No...I think he's legit stupid...

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Dante399
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:29:02 PM

Am i stupid for not being interested in the game and not knowing everything about it till the moment of seeing this article?

Last edited by Dante399 on 12/10/2008 4:31:10 PM

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Wasted87
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 5:11:31 PM

HUSO & SarahPalinMILF,
He has a legitimate question, and I'm sure Ben and Arnold would not approve of you bashing uninformed users. That is why this site exists, to inform the uninformed, right?

Anyways,
There is going to be and in-"Home" money system that will be used to purchase things like new clothes for your avatar and new furniture, paintings, electronics, etc. for your home within "Home". Currently, in the closed beta which I am a member of, there is no "job-system" yet and every thing costs nothing at this time. As far as I have read online, there are not any definite plans on how this money will be obtained. There are some rumors going around that it will be trophy based, each trophy being worth a set amount. This is only a rumor and I'm not claiming it is anything more than that, a rumor.

Dante399,
As for the answer to your question, I do not know what Sony's long term plans for the money system are but I would be interested to know if anyone else has any more info on the subject. However, I do doubt that they will put in a job system. It would just end up being to much like the Sims online game and may even infringe on some sort of copyright, but I'm not sure about the copyright thing. I’m a gamer not a lawyer.

Last edited by Wasted87 on 12/10/2008 5:24:37 PM

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 6:57:37 PM

Yes...yes you are...for starters it's not a game...its an interactive open-world environment...so it definitly wouldn't be on BD...

And second any "job system" would support theoretical money...but if you could somehow save enough...maybe you could invest in education...

I think it might be a good choice for you...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 7:50:41 PM

Yes, please be kind to all users. Not everyone is equally informed on all subjects.

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Dante399
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 3:37:53 AM

Thanks Wasted87 for the information that's all I needed to know.

@SarahPalinMILF "if you could somehow save enough...maybe you could invest in education...

I think it might be a good choice for you.."

maybe you could invest it to improve your manners a bit ........

I think it might be a good choice for you. ;)

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Zorigo
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 12:40:43 PM
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WAHOOOO

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Shatterday
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:17:16 PM
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PSXE should make a place where we can all gather in Home. Just an idea.

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JPBooch
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:22:37 PM
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I was thinking the same thing, I'd like to see the virtual Ben and Arnold at some gathering places or for a tournament of sorts

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:26:28 PM

Virtual Ben will be a towering ogre, do not incur his wrath!

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Fane1024
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:13:44 PM

That would take a lot of work, though they could probably invite us to one of their Homes.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:25:42 PM
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Awesome, I'm tired of being Homeless. Guess I gotta break down and buy a headset now though, I text enough on my phone, don't wanna be doin' it at Home. Let's see, one more bad Home pun... F*ck going out in this Winter freeze, I'm stayin' Home this weekend.

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Riku994
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:56:55 PM
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So why is it called an Open Beta?

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hald
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:01:45 PM

It's a beta - but open for everyone.
- sad reply.. but thats the reason for the name..

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hald
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:00:44 PM
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I was thinking..
Do anybody know how they are gonna keep all these "homers" in home without everybody walking around like herrings in a barrel?

Are we gonna have like 5 "worlds" were we spawn randomly?
But what if we have set up a meeting but spawn in two different worlds?? :O

Or is home big enough to keep everybody without people bumping into each other and stuff?

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Shatterday
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:02:18 PM

Instances. When enough users populate an area a new "Instance" is created to populate. Google it :-)

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Fane1024
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:16:00 PM

On that note, I hope Sony remembered to make a way to invite Friends into the same instance.

Anyone in the closed beta know whether that's possible (yet)?

Last edited by Fane1024 on 12/10/2008 4:16:33 PM

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hald
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 5:07:32 AM

@ shatterday. Thanks. :) i'll go google it then! ;)
- but as fane says: it will still be a problem when you want to meet a friend then?

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Riku994
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:14:19 PM
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So this isnt the real actualy thing of Home, just an open beta?

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Shatterday
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:19:00 PM

It will continue to evolve... probably forever. This is just how they are going to tweak it to handle the server loads and probably take some feedback in order to make it better. It could be in "open beta" forever, but even when it is the official release, it will still be ever changing and evolving.

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baseballdude_ [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 9:35:42 PM

Basically they consider it "beta" because it's ready, but they haven't worked out all issues, so they call it beta to cover their butts in case something goes wrong.

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ec0li
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:19:13 PM
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Home beta be open! =)

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phudge_supreemz
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:22:57 PM
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I'm guessing home will remain in open beta for a number of years, much like gmail did while it continued to improve its service.

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Schmitty
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 3:25:21 PM
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whats listen@home

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shaydey77
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 3:27:14 PM
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I agree the PSX room or area or whatever would be realy cool.Could have a leaderboard to show who is the best player at the site and best team player too!!

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Dingodial
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 3:33:09 PM
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They will probably never stop updating Home so it may always be a beta.

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Shatterday
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 3:41:03 PM
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I wonder what the cost would be for a PSXE House or Club would be? I'm sure Ben or Arnold wouldn't mind footing the bill :-)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:00:22 PM
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For the record, we are planning a Home space for PSXE. ;)

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crapreviews
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:16:31 PM

really? You mean an actual space like warhawk has?

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Shatterday
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:31:11 PM

My idea, copyrighted!

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bearbobby
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 7:53:53 PM

Sweet! Is there an option to bitch-slap the sorry fanboys who log on exclusively to talk out of their a-holes?

Especially those who have been previously banned and have joined under new and yet totally obvious names? (itsme)

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jordan173
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:23:41 PM
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im from dublin when do we see this stuff comin to us???? where always the last to use it sucks ass

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screw_off
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 5:58:43 PM

@jordan173
what i would do is make an account saying that you are from the US. The reason I suggest the US is because it is announced for us now and sometimes we get the demos before you guys in Europe. I have 4 accounts: 2 US accounts, 1 European account, and 1 Japanese account. Its cool even if you cant read them, but you can understand the pictures and the little blue ovals "free". Japan gets demos before us and you guys get stuff that we cant get for awhile. I have not tried to buy stuff using American funds on the different stores, but if anyone knows anything about converting over Dollars to Euros or Dollars to Yen please let me know...

J.2. phone home...

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Robertson99
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:26:34 PM
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Omg, I cannot belive that after a long year of waiting it is finally here! This is going to be amazing...shame my download speed is shocking ¬¬

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tlpn99
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 4:38:36 PM

Hope your download speed is not that bad or you will be another year before getting it lol sorry dude just had to say that.

Ok this may sound stupid, I was in the closed Beta. Will I have to re download it again or will it just be open as normal tomorrow ?

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FallenClyro
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 6:33:44 PM

I reckon you'll have to download another update because they have added ALOT of new features with the open beta.

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Naiman17
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 6:03:42 PM
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HALLELUJAAAHHH!!!!! lmao it was about time....

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bearbobby
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 7:56:36 PM

It's pronounced "HA-DOU-KEN!"

lol, sorry, looking forward to seeing how Street Fighter IV turns out.

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karneli lll
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 6:33:32 PM
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a psxe club house?!!! cant wait

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MirrorSoul
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 7:28:57 PM

Amen I will be there lol

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 8:24:46 PM
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Crap!! I have to download a ps3 update! That's gonna take hours!!

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 10:47:48 PM
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Beautiful...

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:55:37 PM
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Yay!

Shit I only have 300mb of download limit left (untill it gets renewed on the 27th, December). Will it be enough for the Home file and a PS3 update? Damnit. :S

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 1:04:03 AM

The closed beta was only 77MB...not sure if the open beta will be any bigger.

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Banky A
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 1:11:59 PM

Mmm k thnx. I'm expecting at least double that (or 1.5 more) for the open beta so I might have enough.

Bloody New Zealand broadband
:S

Somebody add meh: BankeA
When Home releases xD

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psxjunkhead85
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 3:50:10 AM
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Im going home, to a place that i want to beeeee.lol.

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psxjunkhead85
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 3:54:31 AM
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I know this is off the subject but did yall know that they r coming out with a dragonball movie? No i not talking about anime im talking about real people heres the link

http://www.qj.net/Dragonball-movie-trailer-because-saving-the-world-needs-hair-gel/pg/49/aid/127199

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PSNIGHTWALKER85
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 4:44:28 AM
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I don't have 2 pay homeowner taxes do i. Are all utilities inc.¿¿

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darrenzcool
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 5:34:15 AM
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hey watsup guys its 6:32 December 11 and im so anxious for home but its not out just yet but i do have a question if anyone wants to reply so when it comes out how will i get it or will sony just give me a message about thanks

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jemina1
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 9:20:07 AM
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Hi all,
We've been trying to get Home, but for some reason, we can't even find it with our PS3??
What would possibly be the problem?

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DigitalStorm
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:07:07 AM
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PlayStation Home forums, where you can also expand your social ring.

err...hum. arvis you know who he meant.

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Arvis
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 1:41:13 PM

What?

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DigitalStorm
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 4:42:04 AM
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Devoid of a sense of humour and stupid.

A dangerous combination arvis.

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NetheRealm
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 9:45:34 AM
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Where truth is censored, remaining lies become truth.

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