Want into the PlayStation Home Closed Beta Test? Here’s How to Apply

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Today we’re announcing the expansion of our closed beta test for PlayStation Home to begin at the end of the month.

Home Theme

Later today, the PLAYSTATION Store will be updated with a PlayStation Home theme. By downloading the theme, users are submitting an application to join the PlayStation Home Beta test community. We will be using a variety of criteria including activity on the PLAYSTATION Network to determine eligibility for the Beta community. Existing beta testers have automatically qualified to be part of the expanded beta.

We’re really excited about this milestone and want our most loyal fans to be a part of the evolution of PlayStation Home.

In Europe, SCEE is also beginning their expanded closed beta, directly targeting consumers who have been most active on PLAYSTATION Network and PLAYSTATION Store. SCEE will be in email contact with their PSN audience very shortly.

Let us know what you think.

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  • Yes! I hope I get in. Thanks for opening up the beta again. Also, very slick theme you came up with. I really like those icons.

  • THIS IS AWSOME AND THANKS SONY FOR TELLING US

  • Thank you for providing hints like this for us in Europe too, even though this is the american blog.
    It’s appreciated.

  • AWESOME!!! really hope I get in been wanting to try Home ever since I first saw it.

  • I am probably one of many who want this…i hope i can be a part of it, but if not i have waited this long to get Home I can wait till its ready for public use…either way i like my PS3 regardless of what all of those other “fanboys” saying Home will make or break the system. I call BS…the PS2 and any other console prior to the “next gen” consoles had way less than this and we loved them…PS3 (imho) has come a long way in a short time to compete with Xbox 360…the only thing i see me going back to my 360 i cant get here is the ability to watch Instant Viewing through Netflix on my TV since i wont have to buy one of those $100 boxes from Netflix to do it and Gears of War 2…other than that really nothing else.

  • theme looks good :) hope i get in

  • BAM! just like that you could release nothing else today and everyone would still be happy!

  • By the way, my PSN name is the same as on here. ;-)

    I’ll definetally download that theme, it looks awesome. I have the Playstation Network theme up currently — if that counts for anythin lol.

  • Thank you. I’ve been waiting so long for this chance, and I finally have a chance!

    Thank you!

  • i play everyday, check the store everyday, play online everyday, and message friends everyday. im GAP, i bought about 10 to 15 things on the playstation store, and i pretty much tried out every wallpaper/theme.

  • I have a question I’m from the EU and have an EU account which I am in all the time 24/7 downloading playing games …….. Ok here is the question I also have a US account which I barely go on in fact I only go on every friday to see what new stuff is on the store …..do you think it is better 4 me to download the theme from my US account or my EU account please reply as I would rely like to be part of this beta test thant ;) :)

  • I’m not sure how many readers of the blog would be willing to contribute feedback. However, given that I do Q/A for a living, I reckon this would be the best *job* I ever had. :)

    PSN: ruffneckc

  • All Annual QORE subscribers should get into the Closed HOME beta. What do ya think?

  • Wow, this is great news! I’ve been visiting the Playstation Home messageboard for nearly a year and a half now waiting for Home to come out, and I feel like it’s finally near! I really hope I get in, but if not me, then some of the other guys from the Home board, they’ve been waiting with baited breath as well…

    Great news!

  • “All Annual QORE subscribers should get into the Closed HOME beta. What do ya think?”

    If that was the case, I’d buy that damn thing right now. :)

  • I want home… WE WANT HOME!!!…

    i’ll donwload that theme ASAP…

    P.S.: The PSN theme is awesome… i just love the blue logo… its dark… its awesome…

  • OMG….I LOVE SONY!

    Ok I have two questions though:
    1. Do you have to be 18 or older?
    2. Will I get an e-mail if I’m chosen?

  • So we essentially have to buy our way in by getting PSN games? Or is it hours logged on?

  • Very awesome.

  • So how exactly do we get picked? By leaving our PS3 on? Hopefully u guys can determine it by how long we’ve already logged on to the PSN. Also, I hope u guys don’t delay this.

  • Finally!!, lol great job sony, hope I can get in.

  • I don’t know how active user I am on PSN, but I can tell you guys I have been looking forward to put my hands on Playstation Home since the dawn of its announcement. The is also one of the primary reasons I bought PS3. I will download the theme as soon as it is available.

    I have a question, I am going to GC Leipzig, will it be possible to test Playstation Home there? Please reply!

  • well i online dayly with my ps3.i dont always plays game but i do message/watch video,and play online once in a while.but i am on the psn dayly does that increase my chances?

  • Oh my god I hope I get in!

    That is a nice theme! Who made it?
    (Do the nice people at the PlayStation.Blog reply to comments past page one?)

  • For people in the lost land of Europe, SCEE will simply email whos got into HOME?
    Also, will Europe get that Nariko Sack-Boy?

  • You just made many people very very happy. Me being one of them.

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU :)

  • I wonder how much you have to do to be considered “active.”

    I certainly play a lot of Eden, I download stuff every week, I’m ranked 281 as a Rock Band vocalist and I own tons of Rock Band DLC and PSN games.

    Still, I don’t feel very hard core these days. Thanks to school I haven’t touched Eden since probably Saturday and I only have two trophies.

    Are they going to give any consideration to those of us who early adopted the PS3 before it deserved it? You know, those of us that paid an extra 200 bucks, got no duel shock, were promised Home long ago–that sort of thing?

    Because I feel those of us who adopted in Generation zero of the PS3 era deserve a little respect to go with our loyalty–PSN activity or not.

    If the Network had been setup properly to begin with I’d like to think everyone would be more active.

  • Jeff, this is great news. Just wondering, what will the criteria be for our accounts?

  • Thanks for the Birthday wishes I’ll download this on the spot!

  • Wow I want to be part of this too. I may not be to active on the PSN but I know I would be if I got into this Beta. When I was in the MGO Beta I was a lot more active,so I hope that I am choosen as one of the Home Beta Testers.

  • Wow I hope i make it in, I’m always playing online and I’m always downloading videos, demos, and full games, Hope i make it in.

  • Ugh, I wish we could edit our posts…

    I just typed “duel” instead of “dual”

    I guess I could technically throw my controller at someone else in a rage–like a glove…yeah, I’m not saving this one.

  • Crap! And here I have to be in Puerto Rico with a crpapy internet connection. I’m still gonna try to get in.

  • Well, I use the store a lot but don’t play online very often, so I probably won’t get in. But that them will make a great consolation prize!

    PS. Beta news is just flying the past 24 hours. Resistance 2, SOCOM, and now Home! Wow.

  • So you are finally giving us the keys to HOME and letting us sit on the couch. I am excited about HOME and hope I get in the Closed Beta.

  • “Existing beta testers have automatically qualified to be part of the expanded beta.” Just to make sure,is that for HOME or like if I was accepted into Warhawk as a tester that I’m already qualified for HOME?

    Please elaborate on the whole PSN eligibility criteria!!! Is that for all your login names or just the ones with the most online time? etc. Sooo many questions!

  • superb!!! I’d being waiting for this way too long… :(

    hope to get in :)

  • wow omg cant waite but i know i wont get in but its worth a try right?

  • so my active what do you mean being sign on the psn or playing games online?

  • I’m already a BETA tester, been one since day 1.

    I wish there was a way to invite at least two friends into the BETA.

  • I just checked the store and it’s not up yet!! Dagnabbit! Now I have to leave for work! Thank You Sony! (finally)

  • Nice, any specific time? Also will the beta have enough functions to start games? Last of all, the things we create in the beta, will they carry over to the final version when its released?

    How can we send feedback!

  • let me in and I’ll send you a taco

  • Thanks in advance for the information jack ill download when avalible and hope for the best thanks.

  • OK, second comments for the same article, but it’s HOME!

    First: Like somebody else said, this could have been the only stuff released today on the store, and nobody would have complained. Should have kept that for a slow week : )

    Two: Hope you’re talking about overall activity, because I’ve been away on vacation for a month and currently suffering heavy withdrawal symptoms. If it’s over the full year, then, my chances are really good.

    Three: Yep, you have tell us how and when we will find out if we have been selected. Though I expect everybody to come back here and brag about being choosen.

    Four: You know that we will abuse your server again today. Did Jeff took his medication?

  • what is playstation home? what is it about and what is so special about it? i have no clue what is it about sorry to sound stupid or anything

  • so by active what do you mean being sign on the psn or playing games online?

  • Wow sweet update!!! I hope I get in this time. Ya know, I’m in the Gamer Advisory Panel. Will G.A.P. members automatically be invited? I’ve only got 1 PS3 beta and that’s MGO. I got a crap load of PSP ones though.

  • haha I love you. Will Europe get the theme anyway?

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