During his keynote presentation at GDC (Games Developers Conference) in San Fransisco this week, Sony's Phil Harrison announced that there would be a beta version of Home for the PlayStation 3 made available in April.

Home will be a real-time networked community that serves as a meeting place for PlayStation 3 users from around the world, where they can interact, communicate, join online games, shop, share content and even build their own personal spaces. Home will be available as a free download from the PlayStation Store and will launch directly from the PS3.

A place-holding site went live on Thursday, advertising the impending release of the beta trial. The full release is expected in the autumn.

The site currently says:

’Welcome to Home Beta.

Keep checking back on this site to register an interest in taking part in an exclusive closed Beta Trial of Home.'

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