The closed beta testing for Home™ has begun in Europe (April 31st) and in North America (May 3rd). More than 6,000 participants are enjoying the community online service of Home™ right now. Home™ is available as a download as of May 3, 2007, at PLAYSTATION®Store for North Americans living in the United States, Canada and other U.S. territories. Once installed, you will have a new Xross Media Bar (XMB) icon between "Game" and "Network" called "Home" in which Home™ is directly launch. You will sign-in with your e-mail address which is registered to your PLAYSTATION®3 Network account. Home™ is live right now and there are two available servers each holding a capacity of 10,000 users. Both servers will integrate support in U.S. and European regions.
In Home™, you will create an avatar, design your apartment and from there you can interact and communicate PLAYSTATION®3 users from around the world. The possibilities in Home™ is unlimited.
Selected beta testers will have an available download for Home™ at the PLAYSTATION®Store and an e-mail verification for acceptance in the beta trial. The size of the Home download is approximately 520MB.
Closed beta stage will have 15,000 participants from May to August; however, we plan to extend that to 20,000 participants. Open beta stage will have 50,000 participants from August to October. Finally, Home™ will go live initially mid-October through a firmware update and at PLAYSTATION®Store.