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Home "on schedule" for autumn

Sony reaffirms a "fully robust" Home will hit PS3s later this year

There'll be no more set backs for the heavily delayed Home application for PS3, says Sony, as it reaffirms that a "fully robust" version of the app is "on schedule" for the announced autumn release.

Sony's PSN director Eric Lempel has told our friends at Next-Gen: "The Home open beta is still on schedule for release later this fall,"

He went on to explain: "The reason we've been delaying [Home] is so that we can deliver a high quality service that the users will enjoy. Even though it will be in beta, it will be a fair representation of what the service can be and its potential, so it won't be a 0.5 release, it will be a fully robust service."

Home, which was originally expected to have released around this time, was delayed in April until this autumn, with Sony president Kaz Hirai saying it needed "more time to refine the service to ensure a more focused gaming entertainment experience than what it is today."

SCEE boss David Reeves later admitted to CVG: "We've realised that maybe we were too ambitious with the non-gaming applications within Home," saying that Sony wanted to refocus Home's gaming applications.