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Housekeeping? Home Maintenance Today

Submitted by on Thursday, 18 December 20087 Comments

home-brokenThursdays are not only for weekly PlayStation Store updates anymore. Sony Computer Entertainment will conduct ‘system maintenance’ for PlayStation Home today, December 18 at 12 midnight PST.  Home is expected to go back online after six hours if all goes well.

Home will receive an update from version 1.03 to 1.04.  What will Home gain after this update, but more importantly, what will it lose in the process?  Read on to find out.

Version 1.04 will finally let everyone into Home without issue, or at least that is the plan.  Apparently Sony did not expect the extremely high demand for this new service and are taking steps to ensure a better Home experience for us all.

But there is a catch, PlayStation Network’s PR Manager Abigail Murphy says it best:

Additionally, as part of version 1.04, the voice chat feature within PlayStation Home will be temporarily suspended. As soon as we are ready to resume the voice chat feature, we will inform you via and PlayStation.Blog. In the meantime, we encourage users to make use of the Wireless Keypad for PLAYSTATION 3 or any USB or Bluetooth-enabled keyboard for text chat and also the “phone friend” features to communicate within PlayStation Home.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and kindly ask for your understanding.

So that’s it, no more talking in Home for now.  I personally will not miss the feature that much as my Motorola S9 Bluetooth-enabled headset never seemed to work well within closed beta or open beta Home.

Remember that this is a beta and features may come and go as time goes by.  For the time being, if temporarily removing voice chat creates a smoother Home experience for all of us then it is the right move to make.  What do you think?