Sony Computer Entertainment has announced the expansion of its PlayStation Home closed beta later this summer ahead of the open beta later in autumn 2008.
Home is Sony’s visual representation of the PlayStation community – it was first announced in March 2007 at the Game Developer’s Conference by Phil Harrison, the man who was PlayStation Home’s biggest proponent but who surprisingly left the company earlier this year.
“We understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer [for PlayStation Home], 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 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, in a statement.
“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,
” he continued.
Along with revealing that the Home open beta will start in autumn 2008, Sony revealed that it will be “built around providing new and fun community gaming experiences, such as connecting PlayStation games with Home and providing places and items from the games.
Finally, Sony remained fairly tight-lipped on details of the closed beta, saying that features, registration and the opening of the service will be announced at a later date.
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