Sony Pushes PlayStation Home into Fall, Extends Beta Testing

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Sony has announced two things this morning. One is that PS3 users will have wait on PlayStation Home for just a bit longer, Fall actually. Secondly, the closed beta will continue through Summer and an open beta will start in the Fall.

According to a statement from Kazuo Hirai, Sony Computer Entertainment’s president and group CEO:

“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. 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 tradition.”

Originally slated for launch in late 2007, it was pushed to Spring 2008 and this time, instead of giving us another target date, they have just stated Fall 2008. Details of the extended beta testing will be forthcoming according to Sony, so check back often for more updates. The full press release can be viewed after the jump.

Via: Press Release

Sony Computer Entertainment Announces Expansion Of Closed Beta Testing For PLAYSTATION(R)Home In Summer 2008- Open Beta Service Scheduled For Fall 2008

Tokyo, April 22, 2008and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it will expand the Closed Beta testing for PLAYSTATION®Home in Summer 2008, inviting a further number of registrants from the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) users. Following completion of the Expanded Closed Beta test, the PLAYSTATION Home Open Beta service will commence in Fall 2008.

“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® tradition.”

The PLAYSTATION Home Open Beta service that will become available in Fall 2008 will be built around providing new and fun community gaming experiences.

Details of the Closed Beta testing features, registration for the test and the opening of the service will be announced as they become available.

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11 Comments on Sony Pushes PlayStation Home into Fall, Extends Beta Testing

Fenris

On April 22, 2008 at 8:47 am

Here is my open message to Sony-

While I understand the need to put out a quality product and I would not ask that Home be delivered before it is ready, you do have a problem. Online gaming as an experience is aweful on the PS3 when compaired to XboxLive. In particular, there is no excuse for not having a PS3 level voice chat feature in place by now. I was prepared to wait for HOME to get this, but what I mean by waiting is that any time a game comes out on both platforms I ask myself 3 questions:
- Does it have multiplayer? If so I go with Xbox360
- Do I care about the achievements (yes I do for some unexplainable reason)? If so I go with the Xbox360
- Do does it play particularly better on one sys or the other (so far this has been an issue against Sony)?

All this means for now I will keep buying multiplatform games on the 360 and only buy exclusives for the PS3 on the PS3. So with GTA coming out and no sign of HOME anytime soon (and therefore no GTA bling to show off in my new virtual apartment. And not easy and reliable voice chat, I will be playing on the 360.

Daniel

On April 22, 2008 at 9:17 am

….wait…it’s be delayed even longer? Wasn’t this supposed to originally come out Fall 2007?

With the amount of delays Home is getting, I expect FLAWLESSNESS when it’s finally released.

jackinthexbox

On April 22, 2008 at 10:28 am

@ Fenris

Dude. Grow up.
Patience is a virtue. Be happy that they are doing the needed extended testing. No one wins when a company delivers an unfinished product. I really don’t need to give any obvious examples. Remember that good things come to those who wait. No need to rush an unfinished product to the market because of an impatient consumer who will then complain because the service doesn’t compare to the competitions service. If you want to buy your multiplayer games for the “other” console, then by all means, do so. I actually respect Sony’s commitment to trying to deliver a Quality product/service with the PS3, and if they need more time to get it “just right”, I applaud them for it, for it shows that they have the end consumer experience in mind over quick profit. They are doing a great thing with the PS3, trying to give a true nextgen entertainment experience. They are not primarily in the “software” business. This is the next big step for the playstation brand and I think they are definitely headed in the right direction. Take your time Sony. I’ll be here when you’re ready.

jackinthexbox

On April 22, 2008 at 11:24 am

Here is my open message to Sony-

I don’t own Both consoles. I WORK HARD FOR MY MONEY. I knew exactly what I was spending my hard earned money on when I purchased my system on launch day. I have been a happy console owner SINCE launch day. I have never EVER called customer support for I have not had ANY problems with my “launch console”. I have used my console daily and have left it on for hrs at a time and it has worked FLAWLESSLY. All of my discs are easily RESELLABLE because they have never, ever been subject to surface scratching. My console is also still in “like new”, polished condition with a considerate amount of resale value. It has been CONSISTENTLY upgraded and has constantly improved in value for FREE. FREE. It is still “getting better all the time”. I truly feel COMFORTABLE buying future products/services from the company that made my well thought out futureproof, solid state system. They have made many promises and they are delivering on those promises and then some. My $600 has been well spent on this generation of constantly upgradeable technology.

just like the extra time it took Rockstar to make what promises to be the greatest game of this generation, I think that Playstation Home will also be great when it finally rolls out. The best thing about it is that once again, it will be FREE.

Take your time SONY. Get it right.

Chris

On April 22, 2008 at 11:41 am

Lame. I’ve been looking forward to Home for so long now.

Maybe they’ll add some more testers to the closed beta?

Stephany

On April 22, 2008 at 11:55 am

Well hopefully you can get in on the open beta this Fall Chris. :wink:

Fenris

On April 22, 2008 at 2:13 pm

jackinthexbox-

I suggest you don’t open your responses with ‘dude grow up’, it makes you sound childlike. My expressing the issue Sony has (and it has one) should not threaten you so much and using a bunch of hacked platitudes is not conversation, its just you talking to yourself.

1- I am not telling them to release it before its ready, etc. What they do need to do is set realistic deadlines and meet them. That is what professionals do. Quality (as you so poorly mention) and customer commitment is about meeting expectations that they set. Being over schedule and over budget(which in all likelihood they area) is not the sign of good management.

2- The lack of universal voice chat is inexcusable and shows a lack of quality, not proof of it.

3- I am sorry you are poor :twisted: and constantly have your $600 investment eating at you all the time, to that point that you have to go out and attack strangers to justify it. :cry:

I for one can also wait for Sony to get it right because I can play the 360, online with all my friends.

Fenris

On April 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Poetry by Jackinthexbox:

I WORK HARD FOR MY MONEY?

SINCE FLAWLESSLY RESELLABLE…

CONSISTENTLY!

FREE…

FREE!

COMFORTABLE?

FREE SONY!!

jackinthexbox

On April 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm

@ Fenris

Sorry if I offended you. But after all, this is a “social online community offering” that was never promised in the beginning and yet, it is still being offered for free. So yes, you do sound like a spoiled and demanding little kid. Once again, if you also have a 360 to “play and chat with your little friends”, then what’s the big deal with waiting a little longer till the service is perfected? As far as the “game achievements” and such, the PS3 is NOT the XBOX360, nor do they need to copy Microsoft’s 360 online service, and frankly, thank heaven’s for that. They WILL get universal voice chat in due time. As it stands right now, I don’t need to list all the things the PS3 CAN DO verses the things the 360 CAN’T DO. We all know the advantages one system has over another.
I would sincerely hope that Sony never resorts to the type of business ethics that MS subscribes to, just to get ahead of the competition, like launching with KNOWN faultly hardware. I know, I know, I’m just talking to myself right? Ignorance is bliss.

You’re wasting my time, son.

ManOfTeal

On April 23, 2008 at 7:28 am

Fanboy pissing contest occurs right above me…. :cool:

Always so amusing. :lol:

Go Marlins!!!!

earbus

On September 8, 2008 at 3:06 am

:grin: I have both consoles and had never owned a sony before i must say it will be my last people dont adjust their mics and it blasts out the headset or speakers the ps3 exclusives r terrible resistence fall of man is stark and down right boring then everything needs constant updates that take years to download then you must install them not a auto update i laugh how people say 360 will hold back game development when ps2 held it back 4 years xbox 1 was way more powerfull but happens, I dont really care that mutch but my ps3 gets used very little 4 me its just wrong everything is an after thought to be put in later .by the time they sort it out ill be on the xbox 720 prologue is disgusting ,warhawk is good the only exclusive worth getting,I hate stealth games mgs4 not interested .insomniac is the only development team that shows promise. I am selling my ps3 and never going to bother with sony again n64 was better than ps1 xbox was better than ps2 despite sales figures windows live and xbox 360 r better you can have little big planet and ratchet and clank if you like to play better games go 360.if you like hitting your head with ahammer ps3 is for you.