PS3 Home Launches In October
Sony recently launched a PlayStation Home Developer Network website. It’s worth checking out. Here are a few sections of the Q&A:
Q: What is the timeline for rollout?
Closed Beta (appx. 15,000 users): April – August
Open Beta (appx. 50,000 users): August – October
Service Live (50,000+): October
Q: What content will users be able to purchase from within Home?
Over time the range of content available to users will expand dramatically. If you consider Home to be a simulacra of the real world then most goods and services found within the real world could theoretically be replicated within Home. Initially all commercial transaction will be via the PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network (PSN) Store. Eventually users will be able to transact within the Home environment.
Q: Will I be able to trade items that I have bought or won with other Home users?
Ultimately, an auction service will be implemented that will allow users to sell their Home assets and user-created content to other users.
The initial PS3 Home download will be under 500MB and free of course. The first beta phase is going to be hard to get into. It’s limited to only 15,000. But there will be an open beta starting in August with a limit of 50,000. So keep your eye on this site for signing up.
PS3 home will most likely be accessible via the PSP and mobile phones over time. In your apartment when you leave all your possessions go with you, so if you have friends in your apartment and you just leave, your friends must leave your apartment too. At the moment users can’t visit your apartment while your away. But sony is working on a way to correct this in the long term.
And remember when Phil Harrison mentioned Grouper? It’s basically like YouTube, just a little different. I’ve been moving all my videos that I have on YouTube to Grouper. So I can show friends my videos from within home 🙂