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Sony Clarifies Home's 'Open Beta'

Since the release of Sony's Home earlier this month, many question the reason for the "open beta" descriptor and how long it will remain. According to Jack Buser, director of Home, in a Kotaku video podcast (via Shacknews), the service may remain in "open beta" indefinitely, saying another phase of its existence is to be determined.

Addressing why it's still in open beta, Buser says,

"Open beta" is "sort of synonymous with our idea of launch, in that we really want to emphasize that what you see in Home on any particular day is subject to change. Home is a living, breathing, evolving, growing platform."

In other words, if something goes wrong, they can always point a finger and say "hey, open beta." Besides, it's not like the development state has prevented Sony from selling virtual goods like "hotcakes."

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Blademask3247d ago

"According to Jack Buser, director of Home, in a Kotaku video podcast (via Shacknews)"

Bnet3433247d ago

So by beta they just mean Home is in it's early stages in terms of content, but it's really not a beta. They just want to point the finger and say "it's a beta" Seems a little sneaky.

Xlll3247d ago

Its still a beta no matter how you wish to spin this. There is still a lot of testing going on in Home.

JOLLY13247d ago

the difference is that people actually enjoy using gmail.

Xlll3247d ago

i don't think it is even reasonable to compare Gmail and Home. Two totally different apps. Gmail has far less involed with it then Home.

pixelsword3247d ago

...Or is the 360 as a whole still in Beta?

JOLLY13246d ago

Actually when mine red ringed I was upset. Then when I got it back 10 days later I was happy. It was a lot quieter. They fixed it for free. I was told that if you are getting it for free you aren't allowed to complain. I got my red ring for free. I got it fixed for free. They made it quieter for free. I can't complain.

Karum3223d ago

You know what else you can get for free?

Playstation Home.

There we go, we're all getting free stuff making us happy!

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outlawlife3247d ago

seems like they have the beta thing there so if anything goes wrong they can say "well it is still in beta"

the idea of leaving a service in "beta" indefinitely seems like a shady deal to me

GIJeff3247d ago

MS should have said the 360 was a hardware beta.

Wile3247d ago

where in this articles do they talk about 360 hardware. Troll somewhere else.

PirateThom3247d ago

It's not always a bad thing.

Gmail is the prime example. It launched in beta form in 2004 and is still in beta.

Being in beta does not mean a product is unusable.

pixelsword3247d ago

A beta's a beta; when it's not, it won't be.

It's just that simple.

Wile3245d ago (Edited 3245d ago )

"where in the interview does Jack Buser say that home was going to be permanent?"

Where does he say it isn't permanent?

Quote:

According to Jack Buser, director of Home, in a Kotaku video podcast (via Shacknews), the service may remain in "open beta" INDEFINITELY, saying another phase of its existence is to be determined.

WHERE DOES JACK MENTION XBOX360 HARDWARE!

Anyway.

This article is about HOME. NOT THE 360. Stop trying justify ur f*nb*y troll comment.

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mphillip493247d ago

You people need to realize that this is a journalist's opinion. Sony did not say that they are leaving it in the beta version in case if something goes wrong. I wish people would start thinking for themselves a little bit. Journalists are not always right. There job is to write a story andget people to read it. That is why journalists are sometimes very biased.

myothercar3247d ago

For Pete's sake, this isn't even a valid article. This is just one guy's cynical 2-sentence reaction to a Kotaku interview, based on how literally he translates the term "open beta."

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