The PS3 Home open beta just launched recently and I had the chance to try out the latest version of the software (1.03). Even though I have been in the beta for some time the latest version feels like a completely new experience.
If you read my previous article, I did talk down the value of the PS3 Home calling it useless. During my time within Home prior to 1.03, I felt like the whole experience was uneventful and almost forgettable. However, after version 1.03 the whole experience changed within Home.
For starters there are now lots of people everywhere. Previously, the Home square was a desolate place, because there was nothing to do there. Now the square is bustling with Home users everywhere. The square received a complete redesign, with a new saucer based game smack right in the middle of the area.
The saucer game is actually pretty entertaining, as any user can run up to the lake area and press 'X' to join in. The game is pretty challenging and quite difficult to get a high score. The music area inside the square now actually has a selection you can vote on to listen too. (Anybody manage to get a score above 350 in Saucer Pop?)
With the influx of users within Home, it just has a new fresh vibe that it didn't have before. I actually found some very interesting conversations going on within Home about games and movies.