SCEE ships Home beta invites en masse

Saturday, 29th November 2008 08:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Remember we told you SCEE put out 100,000 Home beta invites last week? Well, it didn’t actually happen. To cut a long story short, email problems meant the planned deluge was delayed.

Never more. Super-mod TedTheDog, speaking on the EU PS boards, has confirmed that everything’s now been sent.

In fact, we got an invite last night. Check your mail.



  1. mart

    Nope, still not got one. Oh well!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Got one yesterday, and according to TedTheDog it’ll be in open beta before Xmas.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Cort

    I’m in the UK and got one last week. Strange.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Gamoc

    I got one last week in the UK too, on Saturday morning.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    Anyone actually shocked how it’s not a pile of steaming shit?

    I was so down on it. And I am in a very closed out Beta, theres nothing to it, yet I can actually see it being useful, and I can play Echochrome for free!

    And Pool and Bowling with friends. It’s actually not that bad.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Gamoc

    No, you can’t play Echochrome for free, it’s completely different to the downloadable Echochrome, as far as I can tell.

    Regardless, the pool and bowling are good. I didn’t think it’d be bad anyway, but it’s got about the amount of content I expected for something in a closed beta.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Cort

    Um, but it’s still Echochrome.

    But glad to see others recognising that, as a Beta, it doesn’t have much – if not most – of what’s coming. FAR too many people talking as if this is it.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Gamoc

    I’m assuming that Sony will release a few game spaces when the open beta goes live.

    OH, and if any high-and-mighty admin-writer wants to post this small piece of news: Home was patched to 1.01 recently (not entirely sure which day, but I got it yesterday).

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Esha

    It’s nice to know that I back the right racing equines, as I’ve been supporting Home for what seems like forever and a bit, now (defending it from claims of shitty nothingness and even offensive software aplenty). As people are getting in though, more and more make it seem like it’s not as bad as the random flamers claimed, and more and more realise that content is yet to be added and that the game spaces could make it something really special (this is something I’ve been saying for months).

    It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who’s open-minded about this anymore, and that there actually are other peple who see that there’s a lot of raw potential in Home, and depending on how Sony tap that potential, it may very well be one of the better things that’s happened to the PS3. I feel vindicated by the new opinions though, and I can’t wait for the open beta and proper release to see just what changes.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Blerk

    So what does it do that’s actually useful? That’s the thing I’ve always been a bit unclear on. The whole ‘wandering around dancing with strangers and playing mini-games’ thing is all they seem to concentrate on. Why do you need it?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Quiiick

    Yes, Esha, “Home” definitely has potential!
    I’m very much looking forward to experience this interface.
    Unfortunately I didn’t get a beta invite. :(

    The openness of what “home” is “actually useful” for seems to be intended.
    This service will change a lot over time, based on user input. It may not be that popular at launch but I’m confident that “Home” will evolve into something you don’t want to miss anymore.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Gamoc

    I like the idea of meeting with friends in Home, having a game of Pool, maybe dancing like morons, then launching straight into a game of Warhawk. That’s useful, if you ask me – oh, and seeing trailers and stuff is good too. I watched EGTV’s piece on LBP last week in the Home cinema place.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Syrok

    But it’s all in a very low resolution. I don’t understand why you would want to walk (or teleport) to a virtual cinema to watch a trailer or a short feature when you watch in better quality on your PC or download it.
    I don’t want to launch Home just to be able to move from game to game with the people on my friendslist, I want to this straight our of the XMB.
    I agree that it does has potential, but right now it’s just a virtual place of boredom and I have my doubts about it becoming the next big thing.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Gamoc

    The stuff in the cinema is a much higher quality than the stuff on the TVs dotted around the public spaces, I saw no problems with it. The stuff on the TVs outside isn’t great quality when you zoom the view in, though

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Michael O'Connor

    “I like the idea of meeting with friends in Home”

    Lets all stare at our laggy, slow loading avatars while chatting with our headsets and USB keyboards *after* we load up Home.

    “having a game of Pool”

    You’ll only be able to most of that stuff if they live in the same general continent / speak the same language as you. Access on Home is region specific, so you won’t be able to go to a public location with your European friends if you live in the US, for instance.

    “maybe dancing like morons”

    Animations that will get boring in five seconds.

    “then launching straight into a game of Warhawk.”

    Or… lord forbid, they could launch you straight into the game without having to first boot up Home, then leg into the servers, *then* invite you friends and *then* launch into the game.

    I don’t hate Home. I just think it’s existence is completely pointless. It’s just a gloried money-making advertising product, not that Sony would ever admit that.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Gamoc

    Know why they wouldn’t admit that? Because it isn’t. That’s why.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. David

    Gamoc home is an advertising product because its free to the user it has to make the money by offering up virtual space to company’s as advertising space.

    I don’t see the appeal of it and it seems to just complicate what other company’s have gotten perfect.

    NXE on 360 invite friends to party chat, load game up make a room invite everyone in the party chat to the room done and dusted. No other logins or loading required.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. morriss

    It had “shit” written all over it from the word go, really.

    But I’m more than interested in being proven wrong.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Gamoc

    …so, anything with advertisements should be ignored as crap because they have advertisements in them? VG247 has ads and is free, as do most other websites.

    Besides, Home = free. I wouldn’t complain.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Gekidami

    How can you prove someone whose just said something is “shit” period? You dont like it then dont use it, then again, seeing as its not on 360 i doubt you would have anyway.
    Seriously Morriss, being a games Journalist working on a multiplat site you could atleast TRY to hide your blantent hate for all things Sony.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Gamoc

    I’d also like to ask where the real ads are? There are trailers/posters for some games, sure, but it’s not like they’re advertising pampers.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Esha

    I find that Home is compared to NXE marginally depressing, too. It just means that people are seeing “chat with graphics” versus “chat with graphics”, and not considering anything beyond that.

    The most important point to consider with NXE’s stuffs is that those services must be paid for, whereas Home is free. I’m not a Gold subscriber, and I personally refuse to rent a console I just paid for. That’s like paying up the mortgage on a house and then having to pay rent to stay there.

    Before anyone jumps in with any poorly thought-out arguments against that statement; I will concede that I understand that servers are costly to run, and I can accept that online play from within games is something that can be tied to a subscription.

    But basic services which are supplied with the console should be free, but even something as basic as an avatar chat on NXE isn’t free, and I think that’s disgraceful. That’s my opinion, whomever is reading this can live with it or argue the toss over it, I don’t really care.

    So what’s the alternative of actually leasing a console out to people who’ve just bought it? Ads. The old XBox dash was filled with ads all over the bloody place anyway, despite the rent, but ads can serve to cover server costs. That’s a model that a good chunk of the Internet uses, including VG247.

    It’s also the model that Home puts to use.

    So let’s consider that the advertisements are but a vehicle that takes Home from potential to realisation. What we have left is a network in which people can socialise. People can also play social little mini-games, they can wander around the game-rooms together, and even hang out at virtual locales. This is much better than sending avatars to a rather nondescript lobby, in my opinion.

    And all of this is free.

    So I really think Home’s nifty, it’ll be great to meet up with my International friends on, and we’ll certainly have a laugh there. And I doubt any of us will have sticks up our butts about the ads, because we won’t be paying anything to be there. Eh?

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Withnail

    If Home is full of ads, and that means Sony has no need to ever put ads in the XMB, then I like Home.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. GGCAN

    I love Home for being a great social networking system.

    They took away a couple of spaces when 1.0 update went in, but I’m sure when Home goes live they’ll be back again.

    Also think when Home does go live, there are going to be many things that aren’t currently in Home now; why spoil a surprise in the Beta and not leave it until all can join in.

    Remember as well, Sony said it’s going to be an ever evolving space and I think we’ll be seeing many things to come.

    It’s a good place to meet your other PS3 buddies, or new people with the same interest as you have and then start a chat session or game either in Home or outside of Home.

    Last week a group of us wanted to play Resistance 2 and couldn’t start it up in Home (maybe in the future this will be possible)…so we got out and met up for a great evening of R2.

    Sure, there are weird people in Home, but aren’t there these same weirdos in our Real world ?

    Don’t know about Syrok’s comment for low resolution, I find with the new update of Home that the resolution has greatly increased and it’s pretty high def on my TV.

    For me, it’s much better than trying to text my PS3 friends on the XMB and with the new Socom headset, chatting is really easy and FREE.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. No_PUDding

    Blerk, thats such a fallacy like breakign down games into the sum of it’s parts and criticising it on that basis.

    It’s just not the point.

    It’s fun, it’s entertainmenet, it’s not needed. And all the shit surrounding it, I genuinely (kind of) believed that when I launched Home a great big knitting needle was going to protrude from my TV screen and impale my left eye and the important parts of my brain.

    And it’s actually pretty fun, especially when there will be conventions in it, and when it’s got the gamespaces with extras and stuff. And the 2D element looks cool too.

    I agree I am not won over yet, by any means, it’s still basic, but it’s not eye/brain stabbingly bad. It’s actually quite good.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Psychotext

    Not sure how it could be eye-stabbingly bad. It’s not like you have to have anything to do with the thing.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Syrok

    You might have to if they decide to put features in that are quiet nice to have (ie to enter and exit games with a group of friends) but can’t be made used of unless you load up Home first and go through all the loading times of various areas, which really shouldn’t be as long as they are now.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Gamoc

    I do agree about loading times, though. They’re not long, but I want them shorter.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. GGCAN

    Psychotext….totally agree with you.

    Home is there…it’s an option….if you don’t like what you see…don’t use it….but let others that do appreciate another new application that just adds to the PS3 features.

    I think the women are gonna love it, especially if they shop at the Mall when the stores again have stuff to purchase.

    I heard one guys girlfriend was loving the Mall back in Sept of this year when you could get a few things for free from it.
    He said she never wanted anything to do with the PS3 until Home arrived and she saw the Mall.

    Like I mentioned before…it’s a good place to chat with others…I’m sure certain sessions like the Sony events may be streamed into Home in the future.

    I like the ability to talk to people all over the world (we could when we could region travel) and it’s all free…no long distance charges.
    I’d like to see the PS3 Eye incorporated into Home so we could have video as well (I know online poker (for the PS3) has it and you can have 8 video chats going in a game, so it has a possibility of being implemented into Home).

    There are so many great things that could be added to Home and I think all the users have to do, is ask and Sony will most likely see if it can be built.

    Remember though…Home will be free…but I’m pretty sure there will be costs for clothes, furniture, Clubs, etc…coming when it does go live.

    Keep those credit cards hidden from your girlfriend/wife. (ha ha).

    The loading times have greatly improved in the past few months…before it could take quite a while and many times you were booted off the system…now it’s much better…

    I’m willing to give it a chance for improvement.

    There’s been a lot of improvement in just the last couple of mths.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. sennasnit

    I got the Beta invite last thursday, i realise people will be critical, but it’s not finished yet hence the Beta. I’ve been on it quite a lot this weekend looking around playing pool and bowling, met some interesting people, played a sripped down version of echochrome and breakout. I think it will just get better and better. I have a feeling that the people who are down on it, have never used it. It’s the potential that interests me…

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Syrok

    Oh, I have used it, but there is just nothing that appeals to me and I agree that it can only get better, just like the economy of Zimbabwe. ;)

    #31 6 years ago

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