Sony push back release of Home for Playstation 3 Page: 1 Sony delays Playstation Home open beta to Autumn 2008
In a press release, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc stated that they are planning to continue their testing of Playstation Home for the rest of the Summer. This news of Playstation Home being pushed back again will come as a disappointment for those hoping that the open beta would be around in the next couple of months.
“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 of SCEI.
However, Sony also mentioned that their closed beta program will be extended to allow a small number of new registrations, but didn't give much information as to how or when this would happen. For those of us who wont be involved in the closed beta testing (most of us) then it looks like we are going to have to wait until Autumn before we even see the open beta.
“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,” added Hirai.
This isn't the first time release of Playstation Home has been pushed back though. Since the program was announced at the Game Developers Conference in March 2007 there have been a number of delays. One of these delays came just a month before Home was originally scheduled for launch in October 2007. This latest announcement has now pushed the release of Playstation Home a full year behind schedule.
Are you looking forward to Home, but getting sick of the wait? Or would you prefer Sony to take their time and get it right?