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Interested in the PlayStation Home beta?

Sony lets North American users in on a potential way into the slowly-expanding PlayStation Home beta.

PS Home: The Theme!
Looks like Sony is finally ready to allow some North Americans into the closed beta for PlayStation Home. Later today, a new PlayStation Home theme will make its way to the PlayStation Store. If you download it, you'll join the super-secret-exclusive club of people who want to be in the Home beta. Sony claims it will look at everyone who downloaded the theme, factor in some other stuff, like how much time you spend on the PlayStation Network, and choose some new dudes.

Well, I guess I'm going to download that theme as soon as i get home, but how about y'all? Still excited about that PlayStation Home or have you given up hope?
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Posted by Jeff
PS Home: The Theme!
Looks like Sony is finally ready to allow some North Americans into the closed beta for PlayStation Home. Later today, a new PlayStation Home theme will make its way to the PlayStation Store. If you download it, you'll join the super-secret-exclusive club of people who want to be in the Home beta. Sony claims it will look at everyone who downloaded the theme, factor in some other stuff, like how much time you spend on the PlayStation Network, and choose some new dudes.

Well, I guess I'm going to download that theme as soon as i get home, but how about y'all? Still excited about that PlayStation Home or have you given up hope?
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Posted by Tarsier

Meh

Posted by FengShuiGod

Super-secret-exclusive?!? Oh boy!

Posted by Warihay

Home just needs to come out already. ugh

Posted by FLStyle

I second Tarsier's meh.

Posted by sp1der1976

If I owned a PS3, I'd be super excited about home!

Posted by logson

The beta will likely be more lively than the public release, but I still don't care.

Posted by The_Icon

Seams resonable, I hope i am in!!

Posted by TEAMHOLT

I don't even know exactly what the hell Home is. There's 3D stuff, and... I don't know.

Just make it Animal Crossing with adults. People all trading Sony products instead of fruits.

Posted by Zecks23

Sounds cool, definitely will be downloading this.

Posted by Artie

'Who cares" is what I think

Posted by thelastguy

I am going to download it

Posted by Relys

I don't play on the PSN much, because I'm waiting for home.

Oh fuck time warp!

Posted by hyperslug

They will do the same thingin europe, but they will check out everyone! not just the people who downloads a theme. I really hope this is the time for my  weeks spend in cod4 and insane ps store spendings to pay a little back (apart from all the awesome stuff i got of course)

Posted by REDRUN

I wonder if you PK any PS Home characters or will they keep it like an E rating where no death or harm is allowed to the avatars.

Posted by CheeseFanatic

"Still excited about that PlayStation Home" - I was never excited about Playstation Home!

Posted by Blitzer

Looks like I won't get in, my PS3 is never on. (Since I've beaten MGS4)

Posted by Meleeboy0
sp1der1976: "If I owned a PS3, I'd be super excited about home!"

Somehow it sounds like you're taking a hit at the PS3. XD But I completely agree nevertheless.
Posted by Gangstar

What's with having to download a theme that probably nobody is interested in just to be considered for the beta? Seems like an attempt to distract from the fact that Home is still a ways off.
I'm not a PS3 owner, but I am interested in seeing how Home manages the out-of-game hanging out or browsing and combines it with meeting people's avatars and jumping into games. I wonder though how many people are interested in the customization aspects of home. All the consoles are pushing for personal avatars now, but do people care about that kind of thing? I'm pretty content with just a fun gamerpic.

Posted by yahtwice

I'ld like to be in on the beta.

Posted by m1k3

Im gonna dl it once i get home... It would be cool if they let anyone who dl's the theme in, sort of an "open beta'ish"

Posted by TreyoftheDead

Well, I'm going to download the theme, but I'm not expecting to get in. =/

Posted by Ubergeist

Maybe, and that's a big maybe, if I ever get a PS3.

Posted by drewm135

Honestly, I don't care anymore. It's just my guess but I pretty much gurantee the beta will be delayed

Posted by Gangstar

Anyone know if Sony has announced Home will be a free service or not?

Posted by LaszloKovacs

I'll be honest - I've never cared about Home. How about instead of making a social networking tool that nobody will use, spend some more time on making good first-party games, Sony. Give me a reason to reconnect the PS3 I haven't used in a month.

Posted by Peacemaker

I've lost so much interest in Home.  I do hope I get into the beta so I can try it out for once.  I barely play online on my PS3 though so I probably decreased my chances right there.  It's worth a shot though.

Posted by hungrynun

I still have plenty of mixed feelings about Home. It seems gimmicky to me.

Posted by AllThatBacon

Hahahahaha no.

Posted by super_machine

This is better than the prize in the cracker jack box. sort of.

Posted by xray49er

I'm gonna download it once i get off work just too bad i only use my ps3 for blu-rays at the moment so i probably have no chance at getting in

Posted by Spiritof

Somehow I see me signing up, getting in, and then it end up being the virtual equivalent of  "I Am Legend".

Posted by JakJ

It's becoming harder to see why Sony blackballed Kotaku... Home is becoming less and less exciting, if it ever was.

Posted by SoulTaker

I used to care about Home but, now I don't care either way. 

Posted by Demyx

I actually like the theme itself.
it'd be nice to get in the beta, but w/e.

Posted by Joseppie

A big "Whatever" for me.

Posted by Sharpshooter

Well thats one step closer to release. Probably still won't have our hands on it till 2012 but at least they're making some progress.

Posted by Starkiller
Posted by SonicFire

Well, I guess it could be cool.... at least it would be better than a freakin Mii parade

Posted by Dante_the_Jedi

Until I can play it here in the UK I don't really care....and I have Second Life so what is the damn point.

Posted by hockeyb

i dont know anymore but im stiil gonna try and get in it

Posted by Y2Ken

Yeah, I'll apply for the beta.

I doubt I'd use Home all that much, but I'd certainly take a walk around there occasionally, and would certainly keep my room and character up to date.

Posted by BlazingWookie

Do I need a PS3 to join the beta?

Posted by sociald1077

No PS3, so I don't know what it entails.

Posted by TheWesman

Watching a digital me sit on a digital couch?  I'm still not so sure about this one guys....

Posted by Relys

The theme is out now. I went ahead and gave it a shot.

Posted by Brackynews

Y'know, I tried for about 15 seconds to crack a Second Life joke, and decided it was time to move on with my First Life and continue concentrating on things that are neither Home nor Second Life.  But I'm glad other people are glad that's it's coming along.  I only hope that Phil Harrison comments openly on the final product.  It's hard to give the baby away. 

Posted by MisterMouse

Hopefully this works, because this could be a big win for Sony but if Home doesnt work, then oh well i guess

Posted by mawfu

It's on.

Posted by Mad_Fat_Traction

Yeah ... i wanna see it! Lots of potential here. 

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