Susan Panico once stated that the rollout of Home will be similar to the launch of GMail, in which everything was fully functional, but it was still in beta.
â€œIf you think about Gmail and Susanâ€™s reference, Gmail when it launched in beta was a fully functional email service. I personally was using it and it offered everything youâ€™d expect, but was in beta just to say that thereâ€™s more to come and maybe itâ€™s not fully polished.
â€œThe reason weâ€™ve been delaying [Home] is so that we can deliver a high quality service that the users will enjoy. Even though it will be in beta, it will be a fair representation of what the service can be and its potential, so it wonâ€™t be a 0.5 release, it will be a fully robust service.â€
Eric Lempel also spoke briefly on the upcoming video download service for the PLAYSTATION Store.
â€œI donâ€™t have any more specifics right now, but like Kaz [Hirai] said, it will go live [in the US] this summer and I think it will offer consumers everything theyâ€™re looking for from us. It will offer everything they expect from us and probably a little bit more.â€
Asked about a service launch date for Europe and Japan, Lempel said that he couldnâ€™t â€œspeak for the other regions at this timeâ€.