Home beta launch will be “fully robust,” says SCEA

By Patrick Garratt, Friday, 4 July 2008 10:13 GMT

PSN boss Eric Lempel has told Next-Gen that this autumn’s promised Home launch will be the real article – it just won’t be the finished product.

“The reason we’ve been delaying [Home] is so that we can deliver a high quality service that the users will enjoy,” he said. “Even though it will be in beta, it will be a fair representation of what the service can be and its potential, so it won’t be a 0.5 release, it will be a fully robust service.”

Home’s roll-out was described last month by PSN director Susan Panico as being similar in plan to Gmail’s release, where the initial “beta” was in fact the full product with rough edges.

An autumn release for the service is now looking increasingly solid, with no execs commenting on the issue deviating from the time-frame.

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