Home Beta Hits Japan PS Store

July 31st, 2008 at 2:00 pm · 4 Comments

TheSixthAxis has been keeping a sneaky, sleuthing eye on the Japanese PlayStation Store and uncovered a rather odd download when they had a gander at an innocuous Home XMB theme.

That download? Find out what it is after the jump.

Apparently, downloading this XMB theme (at a mere 277KB) automatically registers your interest in the Japanese beta of Home. If done before 11th August, there’s a very good chance that you’ll get in, but you can probably expect region locking to prevent anyone outside of Japan from joining in. Curiously, there appear to be some brand new features being showcased inside the Japanese beta, such as these new arcade machines:

Machines such as this Echochrome one (with cutesy joystick and chunky PlayStation buttons) are but the tip of the iceberg with Namco designing an exclusive gamespace for Home with arcade originals of Pac-Man, Galaga, DigDug and other Namco classics playable for no cost at all. It’s all looking very, very promising provided that Europe’s on the receiving end of some equally-loving beta treament very soon.

After all, America’s had a Home beta for quite some time and if Japan’s the next in the pipeline then surely Europe’s next? Of course, Sony Europe being Sony Europe, I’m guessing the answer is no. Even if Home is being developed in London.

Fingers crossed that Europe does get something soon though..it’d be nice to be on the receiving end of some TLC.

Source: Home Beta Opens – TheSixthAxis

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4 responses so far ↓

  • Nightkiller93 says:

    Umm it’s just a theme, i downloaded it earlier today thinking it was the beta but it was just a theme :sad: .
    Who knows it could maybe register you in the beta but hurry up SCEE do your fu*king job for once.

  • Eddiemilz says:

    Oh is it just a theme? after reading this i went straight on the japanise store and downloaded it; nothing changed though.

  • Did you guys read the article? He says downloading the theme registers your interest in the beta… they know you’re interested. You don’t GET the beta yet. ;)

  • Eddiemilz says:

    forget where i said ‘oh is it just a theme?’
    i didn’t read the post properly! my bad.

    I guess the excitement of getting home overpowered me.

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