SCEI announces “extention of Home closed beta” = it’s been delayed

Sony today announced that its upcoming virtual social gaming network (or something), PLAYSTATION Home, is going to be pushed back into the Fall of this year. A bit of a dissapointment to some who were hoping the software would be available (or atleast an open beta) in the summer.

In a statement, Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of SCEI said, “Our overarching objective is to provide users with new gaming experiences that are available only on PLAYSTATION Home. Spending more time on the development and on the Closed Beta testing reaffirms our commitment to bringing a quality service.” That’s pretty much the same thing he said when HOME was first delayed last November.

Though delays are always embarrassing, they are definitely the lesser of two evils when compared to launching a faulty service. Sony’s probably making a wise move by focusing on what they’re releasing rather than when. And, after all, it’s only a game, right?

[See also: PLAYSTATION Home gallery]