Sony: “Fully Robust” Home Coming This Fall

Eric Lempel has told Next-Gen.biz that “The Home open beta is still on schedule for release later this fall”.

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.

“If you think about Gmail and Susan’s reference, Gmail when it launched in beta was a fully functional email service. I personally was using it and it offered everything you’d expect, but was in beta just to say that there’s more to come and maybe it’s not fully polished.

“The reason we’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 won’t be a 0.5 release, it will be a fully robust service.”

Eric Lempel also spoke briefly on the upcoming video download service for the PLAYSTATION Store.

“I don’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 they’re looking for from us. It will offer everything they expect from us and probably a little bit more.”

Asked about a service launch date for Europe and Japan, Lempel said that he couldn’t “speak for the other regions at this time”.

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