Sony has announced that the highly anticipated Home (Open Beta) has now been pushed back to Fall (September).
Now unless I am mistaken this means that the Beta will have been running as a closed Beta for over a year before it becomes and Open Beta. Which I then presume will take another 6 months.
That’s quite a hefty delay there… Full press release after the break
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it will expand the Closed Beta testing for PLAYSTATIONÂ®Home in Summer 2008, inviting a further number of registrants from the PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 (PS3Â®) users. Following completion of the Expanded Closed Beta test, the PLAYSTATION Home Open Beta service will commence in Fall 2008.
â€œWe understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer, but 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,â€ said Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. â€œOur overarching objective is to provide users with new gaming experiences that are available only on PLAYSTATION Home. Spending more time on the development and on the Closed Beta testing reaffirms our commitment to bringing a quality service, maintaining the PlayStationÂ® tradition.â€
The PLAYSTATION Home Open Beta service that will become available in Fall 2008 will be built around providing new and fun community gaming experiences, such as connecting PlayStation games with Home and providing places and items from the games.
Details of the Closed Beta testing features, registration for the test and the opening of the service will be announced as they become available.
Last Updated: April 22, 2008