Sony's new social online experience is now in public beta. You access Home from the XMB where the online options are located. The first thing you will do when you launch Home is create your avatar. Sony's does a great job with its customization options here as you can customize pretty much everything. Communicating in Home is done mostly with text. You can use voice chat, but the other user has to be at your personal house. Once you finish creating an avatar the first place you will go to will be the Central Plaza. You will have to download the Central Plaza and any other area you want to go to before you go there. Each download takes about a minute or two. You only have to download each area once, after that you can go to and from each area without having to download that area.
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