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Sony delays launch of PlayStation 'Home' service

Service will begin nearly a year after the expected launch date, as the company expands beta testing for its 3D social-networking gaming service.

Sony Computer Entertainment announced Tuesday that it is again delaying the launch of its 3D social-networking gaming service, "Home," for the PlayStation 3.

The PlayStation Home Open Beta service is expected to begin in the fall, nearly a year after its expected launch date. Sony unveiled the concept of its Home service more than 12 months ago and had anticipated at the time a full launch of the service at the end of last year.

Sony, in delaying the service launch, noted it wanted to expand its closed beta program to more PS3 users. The pending Home service is targeting its virtual community of PS3 users.

"We have come to the conclusion that we need more time to refine the service to ensure a more focused gaming entertainment experience than what it is today," Kazuo Hirai, Sony Computer Entertainment president, said in a statement. "Our overarching objective is to provide users with new gaming experiences that are available only on PlayStation Home."