Interact with other PS3 owners in a virtual space  (Source: SCEI)
PlayStation Home pushed back once again

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. issued a press release informing that would continue its PlayStation Home testing period as a closed beta for the rest of the summer, disappointing those hoping for an open beta within the next few months.

“We understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer, but we have come to the conclusion that we need more time to refine the service to ensure a more focused gaming entertainment experience than what it is today,” said Kazuo Hirai, president and group CEO of SCEI.

The closed beta program will be extended to allow a few more registrants, though Sony has yet to provide further details. As for the rest of the gaming public, Sony is now penciling in the open beta of PlayStation Home for sometime during the fall months.

“Our overarching objective is to provide users with new gaming experiences that are available only on Playstation Home. Spending more time on the development and on the Closed Beta testing reaffirms our commitment to bringing a quality service, maintaining the PlayStation tradition,” added Hirai.

Delays are nothing new when it comes to PlayStation Home. The program, which proposed a virtual interactive world not unlike Second Life, was announced at the Game Developers Conference in March 2007. PlayStation Home was originally supposed to launch in October 2007, but was delayed just a month before launch to spring 2008.

The latest date puts PlayStation Home a year behind schedule.

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