"After all the buzz spurred by Sony's introduction of their ambitious PS3 Home environment from the GDC, we now have a launch date for it. Yes, folks. Sony has revealed that they intend to launch it this October, with an initial free download coming in at "under 500MB".
Here's what's gonna happen 'til then. There will be a closed beta phase between April and August for around 15, 000 users, while an open beta will be in operations for 50, 000 or so people between August and the launch date itself. Exciting, eh? While there still have yet to be details out regarding this beta opportunities, you better keep it posted here for more news on that.
As for the features, Sony has also said that there are some which will most likely be accessible via the PSP as well as mobile phones. Also, there will be special paid-for events for you guys coming your way. More on the features:
Currently Home is not a persistent world, so when you leave Home, all of your possessions go with you. For instance, it is not currently possible for other users to visit your apartment while you are not there... We are working on the persistent aspect of Home, and expect to implement it in the long term.
Great, we're not so sure if we would want guests dropping by our apartments when we're not there, anyway. But, we'll see. It sure seems as if there's still more surprises to come from Home. We'll keep you posted, don't worry."