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News: PlayStation Home available TOMORROW!
Created: 10-12-2008 18:46 Edited: 17-12-2008 05:36

PlayStation Home Available TOMORROW!

Yes, the open beta of PlayStation Home should be available for download tomorrow (Thursday 11th December 2008). I have been in the closed beta for a short while but was not able to talk about my experience due to the terms and conditions imposed. Suffice it to say you will not be disappointed.

There is now a growing list of companies participating the 'Home' universe including Activision, Disney, Eidos, Electronic Arts, Lucas Arts, THQ, UBISOFT, Sony Pictures, Paramount and Red Bull (look out for the air race :-D)
It looks like they have added loads more stuff since the closed beta and redesigned the Central Plaza (a bit like a town square which leads to different locations and buildings).

One things for sure, you will be wanting a bluetooth headset or at the very least a USB keyboard/keypad for chatting.

UPDATE: I thought I would add a little update as I have received a number of mails regarding problems connecting to the new Home service. The majority of which seem to be C-931 errors or similar. Its all down to the sheer number of people trying to connect. "Home" is the first FREE social networking system of its kind on any console and was highly anticipated by just about everyone with a PS3. This means the whole world is trying to get on it at the moment. The thing to stress here is that it is an open BETA - which means its still being tested. You have been given the opportunity to try it out before its full release which includes stress testing the servers it is running on. This is why we have Beta releases. Remember, whenever a top new game comes out with great online features it rarely runs smoothly for everyone immediately until the server bugs have been ironed out or patches released due to unforeseen numbers of users - and this goes for the Xbox 360 and PC as well as the PS3. Its just not possible for systems to be tested prior to a Beta release with the number of users currently trying to access Home.
When you connect up to Home you are provided with the terms and conditions which also give you a Web link where you can report your experiences with the Beta to help improve it before full release. Sony are aware of the connection problems and are working on a solution. For the moment, all I can really recommend is to keep trying and you will eventually get in and see what all the fuss is about.

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