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!
12/10/2008 Ben Dutka