Home Beta invites will be sent out on the basis of “loyalty”

Thursday, 6th November 2008 15:19 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Home community manager TedTheDog demands respect. Respect for the family. The PlayStation family. If you’ve demonstrated your loyalty, you may get a Home beta invite.

“Your next question is ‘How do you decide who gets picked?’” said Boss Dog in response to a user question on the EU PS boards.

“We had a couple of plans on how that was going to be done [and] both were broadly based on the concept of loyalty. That’s very vague I know, I’ll firm up what I can but don’t expect too much detail: it was really complicated last time.

“For everyone else there’s the Open Beta, which won’t be far behind.”

The Dog Father said this morning that the beta will arrive “weeks” after the next issue of Qore ships.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. No_PUDding

    Well this is hardly the way to entice us.

    If loyalty got me A KZ2 beta then.. well I’d have a KZ2 beta, cus I am on pretty much all the time.

    Nice dog/film puns though.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    That’s a great piccy. :D

    #2 6 years ago
  3. patlike


    #3 6 years ago
  4. Robo_1

    Nothing wrong with the principle.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. David

    Could it be they are going to rate peoples loyalty on how much content they have purchased over PSN. AKA the people who bought into the whole Qore and so on.

    Seems a daft way to pick people for a beta how do you even rate loyalty as a whole.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    Lol… A wincy bit contradictory David…. How about how you JUST said?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Shatner

    Maybe they rate it by monitoring how much pirated content you run as opposed to legitimate stuff?

    #7 6 years ago
  8. David

    Maybe but how do you rate loyalty as a whole. 1 person buys a load of content but another plays more and another buys more sony branded hardware.

    o.O for millions of users how do you rate who is more loyal.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Syrok

    Well, I travelled to Singapore to buy a controller. You can’t get any more loyal than that!

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Shatner

    It depends. I’d certainly tell anyone that stole content from me to not expect an invite. Perhaps people that have participated in other betas AND given feedback (treating a beta as a proper beta test, not as a freebie demo) will be the ones put nearer the top the loyalty list.

    If I were them, I’d have a good clear idea of the criteria for people to fall into to determine who would give the must useful feedback from a beta. But I’d use a nice ambiguous term like “loyalty” just to fuck with people’s heads and generate some buzz.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. No_PUDding

    I travelled to London for a game today!

    Thats commited (if you don’t know where I live).

    #11 6 years ago
  12. David

    @Syrok: That is some dam fine loyalty there if you don’t get a beta invite I’ll be shocked.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    I’m thinking if you could tell who has stolen content from you then you’d probably do a little more than not giving them early access to betas.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Shatner

    Me too. But then the parties that break the law would boo-hoo all the way to the internet and the Big Evil Corporation would be demonised for having the nerve to reprimand theft of their goods.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    Fuck’em. If I developed a console I’d have hardware in it that burnt down your house as soon as you tried to run a copied game on it.


    #15 6 years ago
  16. Syrok

    @David: So would I!

    (No need to tell them that I was so bored on the stop-over that I just spend my last Australian dollars on it)

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Quiiick

    Being Sony I’d choose as many regular software-pirates as possible for the open beta because game-pirates can’t be that much different than music-pirates.
    Surveys have shown that music-pirates belong to the group of people who also happen to buy more music than the average customer.
    Pirates are among the biggest fans of a certain media-type, they’re probably the most loyal fans out there. :)

    #17 6 years ago
  18. sickpuppysoftware


    #18 6 years ago
  19. Esha


    I second that.

    Could Ted possibly have used an even more… malleable turn of phrase? I wonder if he’ll be henceforth known as TedTheDon?

    #19 6 years ago

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