Boston (dbTechno) - According to sources, Sony has sent out information in regards to the PS3 Home open beta test. The Home open beta test will kick off on April 18th.
Apparently Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has sent out invitation e-mails for the Home open beta.
The subject of the e-mail, according to one of our readers, is “Home Beta.”
The e-mail states that the beta will kick off on April 18th and will end in June.
The June end date will likely allow for Sony to refine Home for the final time before an official roll-out.
The e-mail is asking for users to submit their PSN account information, as well as contact information. As more information comes out in regards to this e-mail we will continue to report further.
We have yet to receive any confirmation from Sony in regards to this though.
True? - Unknown/Unconfirmed
Believable? - I'd say yes
If there is going to be an open beta, it seems it *has* to be pretty soon.
Sony have stated they are aiming for a launch in summer/Q2, so it would make sense to start an open beta for server testing/strain testing a decent amount of time before launch.
An open beta 2 weeks before launch wouldn't be very effective, especially if some larger issues become appartent.
Stay tuned, but I do believe if an open beta is planned, it's not that far off
ps. By "open beta" I don't believe Sony are just going to do a free-for-all download, most likely they'll just up the tester amount from say, 10,000 to 50/60/70 thousand.
So I'd keep an eye on http://www.homebetatrial.com/ and the likes again.
In an interview I posted, from GDC, they said they plan to "branch out" the beta, not just totally open it up.
So like I said, I don't think it's just going to be a free-for-all