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Sony is "madly working" to hit its scheduled end of the year open beta date for PlayStation Home, it has said.

Speaking at the Games 3.0 conference this morning in London, which is part of the London Games Festival, Jamie MacDonald, vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, said the latest on the much delayed Second Life-style virtual world was that "it's going well".

He said: "At Tokyo Game Show it was announced that PlayStation Home will be hitting what we're calling an open beta by the end of the year, which means it will be available to everybody.

"And the latest is, it's going very well. The guys are madly working to make sure that date is hit, and it's going very well."

Recent speculation suggested the open beta for Home was set to begin at the end of October, to coincide with the release of Home version 1.00 and PS3 firmware 2.50. However, Sony is now officially saying the open beta will hit at the end of the year.

MacDonald revealed that PS3 Home was originally conceived in response to frustration at the hardcore nature of online gaming, which he called "geeky, tedious and short".

He said: "The reason why we even started developing that (PS3 Home) was really a frustration a few years ago that the online experience for most games players was geeky, tedious and short. Certainly in my experience, I got into a first person shooter online and I lasted about 15 seconds. It's not much fun. So that was really our driving force with Home, to provide an environment where it's fun to go, you can hang out with like-minded people and talk about games, play games, have a look at the leaderboards, but in an environment that was game centred but not just for these teenage boys, who are fine, but they enjoy very much shooting people, which is fine."

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I have doubts before xmas......but i think it must be soon. Anyway they must be working big time with the Home project, for it to take a long time.
Posted 16:41 on 21 November 2008
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'''sorry Home open beta'''
Posted 06:37 on 21 November 2008
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LOL @ SKECH chill out have a banana. Home will be here before christmas i bet you.
Posted 06:14 on 21 November 2008
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@ SkEcH
You dont have more than a thousand PS2 & PS3 games, stop lying
Posted 20:00 on 28 October 2008
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BULLs**tS...first in final of 2007 later in summer of 2008 .... later with FW 2.50.... now Final of 2008 ....?????????? WTF happend and why half of my friends... have HOME BETA ...NOW and ME and much more NO ???? bulls**ts i am angry... i buy every ****in PLAYSTATION have more of 1000 original games for ps2 and 3 .... bulls**ts... cant wait more and go DESTROY EVERITHING !!!
Posted 02:04 on 28 October 2008
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HOME is vaporware to me at this point!
Posted 22:40 on 27 October 2008
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David M

The HOME open beta is currently scheduled to launch Nov 19th (To counter the launch of the NXE). The release of the finished product is currently scheduled to be "Sometime in 2009", i'm predicting somewhere around Q2 2009, perhaps around the launch of Gran Turismo 5.
Posted 20:51 on 27 October 2008
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I think it will be out sometime early 2009 as a Beta
Posted 15:14 on 27 October 2008

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