It’s sort of surprising that such a big event failed to have a mega build-up. One would think Sony would have tickers on their website counting the days until Home arrives in full. Maybe they’d send out press releases slowly over the course of a month describing all of the great features (sort of like what Microsoft did with their NXE). Instead, it’s announced one day before launch, official December 11th, that Home will be available to all.
Technically, it’s only a beta, but if it’s open to all users, that’s not a beta. It obviously works enough that Sony has confidence to release it to everyone, so seriously, not a beta people.