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Reports Suggest Home Leaving Beta In December -- Not So Fast, Says Sony

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Posted May 27, 2010 - By pklepek

My Life In Home, Vol. 4: The Definition Of Beta

Sony's online community Home might not be in the spotlight much these days, but play.tm's reporting of a Home developer's comments in Scotland suggested the service might be moving forward and leaving beta this year. Sony, however, isn't ready to say that's happening just yet.

play.tm cited comments from Veemee developer Kirk Ewing. Veemee has been responsible for a number of products included in Home, including the London Pub, Audi Space and V-Store.

"Home is due to come out of its beta-testing phase in December of this year," reportedly said Ewing.

When contacted, Sony wasn't willing to confirm Ewing's comments.

"Mr. Ewing is not an employee of SCEE [Sony Comptuer Entertainment Europe]," said a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson in a statement this morning. "PlayStation Home is a constantly evolving service, and we have no plans to move it out of Beta at this time."

There's a big difference between "at this time" and the proposed December timeline, however.

I'm endlessly fascinated by PlayStation Home, a service once pitched at Sony's online endgame but has been relegated to a public afterthought, despite some hardcore users. For several weeks, I wrote an online column about my adventures in Home, but other work stopped me from continuing. If there are Home announcements at E3, I'm looking forward to heading back in and scoping Home again.

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