Ive sad this in a few places now, but this is a good thread to expand on my thoughts:
This new Qore offer says that it gives you an invite into the Closed Beta. This being the case, I can see this offer as being a way to mask a new delay to Home's real release. I cannot see them offering invite to the closed beta (at a cost), only to turn around and dish out free open betas just a week or two after. There would be nothing but complaints, and would be bad press for Sony to do so.
That being said, this makes me expect the closed beta to last a little longer, seeing an Open beta sometime in early December maybe, and the actual release possibly moving into late December or sometime in early 2009.