Sony's Home project, which will provide a fully 3D and interactive community hub for the PlayStation 3, as well as showcase for the PlayStation 3 trophy system, has enjoyed a turbulent history with multiple delays - but the end may finally be near.
Reports from PS3 Fanboy
indicate that the game could be out by the end of the year.
A forum post on the Home Beta message board from the community manager has said that the current network and freezing issues being experienced by those in the Home Beta program should be fixed soon and that the system would then be ready to go online - which is planned to coincide with the 2.50 firmware update.
"2.5 is what we're waiting for and 'October' is what I've heard, later October is my guess,
" he said.
Sony has been funnelling resources into Home for a long time now, even though the system should be free to all those with a PlayStation 3, but the company has drawn plenty of flak for repeatedly delaying the non-game.
Microsoft in particular has been unsurprisingly critical, saying that they too looked at the possibility of creating a Home-like service for the original Xbox, but eventually backed away from the plan because they thought it would be too complicated to create. Microsoft has repeatedly accused Sony
of underestimating the project.
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