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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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Blademask4214d ago

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

Bnet3434214d 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.

Xlll4213d ago

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

JOLLY14213d ago

the difference is that people actually enjoy using gmail.

Xlll4213d 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.

pixelsword4213d ago

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

JOLLY14213d 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.

Karum4190d 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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outlawlife4213d 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

GIJeff4213d ago

MS should have said the 360 was a hardware beta.

Wile4213d ago

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

PirateThom4213d 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.

pixelsword4213d ago

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

It's just that simple.

Wile4211d ago (Edited 4211d 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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mphillip494213d 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.

myothercar4213d 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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