Saturday, December 13, 2008

PlayStation Home Beta Hits A Snag, Faces Connection Issues

Earlier this week Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced that its PlayStation Home Beta service will become available for all PS3 users around the world. The much anticipated announcement came with a great deal of excitement and fan fare for PS3 users, however it appears the new service is off to a rocky start.

Just hours after going live on Thursday users began complaining of various connection issues. Users complaints varied from no connection at all to being kicked from the service after only a few minutes. Several other posts on the PlayStation Forums suggest users are experience lag and over all slow downs in the service.

Sony communications director Patrick Seybold has acknowledged the problems in a blog post, and says that Sony is working on solutions:
We are aware that some people may be experiencing difficulty in accessing the PlayStation Home beta at present. This is due to overwhelming demand for the service as people access Home for the very first time since it became Open Beta and appeared on the XMB.

While we prepare solutions to ease the problem, you may continue to experience difficulties accessing Home. We kindly ask for your patience as we work to meet the incredible demand for this revolutionary service.

For now at least it would appear as though users will just have to wait it out. The heavy bandwidth usage that is plaguing the PlayStation Home servers will likely subside over the next few days and hopefully be then Sony will have a fix.

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