PlayStation Home Closed Beta Expands This Summer, Open Beta Goes Live This Fall

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Breaking news. Sony Computer Entertainment just issued a quick but important update regarding PlayStation Home. First and foremost, SCE has announced plans to invite a new round of PS3 users to the Home closed beta testing phase sometime this summer. Then once the expanded summertime closed beta comes to an end, the Home Open Beta service will go live in the fall and “will be built around providing new and fun community gaming experiences.” So I guess it looks like we’ll have to wait until 2009 for the full Home service to open its doors. Here’s SCE’s official comment on the matter:

“We 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,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “Our 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 PlayStation(R) tradition.”

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