PS3 Home Delayed Again, Enters Open Beta in Fall

The PlayStation 3's online social interaction software Home will not enter the open beta stage until this fall, Sony Computer Entertainment has announced. The free service had previously been delayed until this spring from its expected launch last fall.

In advance of this fall's open beta, the company will be expanding the breadth of the closed beta, which has been underway since last summer. Beta tester feedback is said to be playing a heavy role in the title's continual refinement.

"We have come to the conclusion that we need more time to refine the service to ensure a more focused gaming entertainment experience than what it is today," explained SCE president and CEO Kazuo Hirai.

"Spending more time on the development and on the Closed Beta testing reaffirms our commitment to bringing a quality service, maintaining the PlayStation tradition."

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    April 21, 2008 10:47 PM

    Probably for the best. It's going to need more than pretty superficialities to keep up with XBL.

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      April 21, 2008 11:50 PM

      The system will also need games to play.

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        April 22, 2008 7:03 AM

        No shit. As much as people talk shit about the Wii attach rate, I've bought more games for Wii than my PS3 since I picked up my PS3 in Nov "07. Wait...., Until MGS4 comes out, I haven't bought any games for my PS3 since I bought it. I've gotten more use for it as a BD player. The only reason that anyone would have more than 5 games for it is if you're only a single system player.

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          April 22, 2008 8:58 AM

          you bought it for the right reasons then in Sony's mind.

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          April 22, 2008 10:37 AM

          Eh I have no more than 4 games for any system at one point. Right now I have 3 PS3 games. Gran Turismo Prologue is one of the most fun games I've played on these consoles thus far. It's quite difficult. But I can see the "Prologue" putting most people off.

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      April 22, 2008 1:25 AM

      Too much journalistic diplomacy in this post.

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      April 22, 2008 1:45 AM

      Home only needs one more thing....a purpose for existing.

      Given that this seems to have nothing to do (directly) with game playing or movie watching, it's only real purpose seems to be further obfuscating the interface. And some misguided attempt at ripping off Second Life / The Sims. And I suppose also to make Sony feel all warm and tingly inside that they are the only ones doing it (for reasons that seem obvious to everyone BUT them).

      It's like Microsoft Bob for the console generation -_-

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        April 22, 2008 7:35 AM

        I think it's main purpose is to give the PS a unified achievements system to compete with whats on Xbox. The more games you play, the more stuff you get for your Home.

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        April 22, 2008 7:37 AM

        Oh holy crap LOL -- you dropped a Microsoft BOB reference!

        I absolutely agree -- if virtual malls and places to hang out with your friends were a killer app, the web would already be flooded with them; instead, MTV has a few dozen ghetto chat rooms tagged to specific shows, and Second Life has more shuttered stores and abandoned projects than functional social spaces. When people gather to hang out in a room, they gather to *DO* something -- the hanging out in the room part is just the fact of the event. If Home offered free VoIP for any user, THEN you might have the beginnings of something interesting.

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        April 22, 2008 10:47 AM

        The 'purpose' for existing is probably micropayments. From what I've seen, I can only imagine it'll be like Second Life minus actually having the ability to make any object that can exist in the world for no-money or almost none. I assume you'll be buying avatar customizations like clothes, etc.

        Now, how that benefits consumers...

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