25-03-2011 10:14 PM - edited 25-03-2011 10:28 PM
Calling all Beta Testers,
Well it sure has been busy lately, so the first thing is a massive thank you to everyone who has made a contribution in the PlayStation Beta Trials! We have had a great number of positive reports from the Producers and Developers regarding your efforts and feedback!
So, before we stuffed ourselves with Christmas dinner and multiple gaming sessions, I lightly touched on there being some changes to the Beta Trials early in the New Year.
We have been busy in the background working on ways to deliver an even better Beta Trial experience to both you and the games Producers and Developers.
So without further ado, a few things are going to change over the next couple of weeks. We’re excited about the upcoming launch of PSN Beta, the new website from which we will begin running Beta Trials - through which you’ll be able to view the latest news and provide your feedback and bug reports.
Firstly, we will be inviting everyone who has recently been active in the beta trials to come and join the “PSN Beta Beta”. Your testing and feedback will help us to shape PSN Beta to make it user friendly and engaging for all our Beta Testers.
To really put our games and services to the test during Beta and to gather feedback, we need an active participating community, so we need to ensure that we only have Beta Testers that are enthusiastic about our Betas and are willing to get involved. So, when PSN Beta is ready for release, we’ll only be moving across the active members of our community. Don’t worry, if you have downloaded at least 2 of the following Beta Trials then you are through, this time
Also, if you messaged me via PM or e-mail during the Betas saying that you were unavailable to take part in one or more of the above then you too will also be carried across. But, inactive Beta Testers will be removed from the Community at this stage.
Once our active Beta Testers have their registration details for PSN Beta, we will be running a recruitment drive so you can recruit a friend to join you in the Beta Trials... more info on this soon
The migration to PSN Beta is scheduled to happen within the next couple of weeks. We will also be restructuring the Beta Trial Forums and opening a new area for us all to relax in... and of course the Beta Badges will remain as is.
When you move over to PSN Beta this forum will be read only and will have all of the instructions that you need to know with regards to accessing PSN Beta. All other Beta information will be on the PSN Beta website when you move over.
See you there in readiness for the on-going "PSN Beta Beta"
Here are some of the features of PSN Beta:
When we expand Beta Trials to more of a public phase, PSN Beta allows us to open a sign-up page, also with the posibility to add questions!
Beta Community -
For our Private Beta Community we will have an area which only you can access, here the latest Beta News and discussions will take place.
Multiple Beta Trials -
For each new Beta Trial a new menu item will appear. You can access this during the Beta Trial to find more information relevant to that specific trial.
Surveys will be built in (no external links/bookmarks needed). Here you can fill out your thoughts on the game and answer rating questions.
Polls will be built in, similar to the Surveys.
Interactive Bug Reporting -
A huge enhancement to bug reports! No external links will be required as this is a built in feature. You will be able to report your bugs and upload images or additional information. Not only this but the developers will be able to write back to you via the Bug Report Tool should they need any additional information.
Beta News will be easy to read and will follow a blog format, with the latest information at the top of the page.
The forums will be accessed via PSN Beta, for now they will look the same in terms of style. But it is in the pipeline to re-skin them to look and feel like PSN Beta.
The 'Recommend a friend' scheme is now a lot smoother with the ability to insert voucher codes on PSN Beta to enter different areas. (These voucher codes are not tied to the PlayStation®Store)
Coming soon -
* Re-design of the Beta forums and PSN Beta
on 26-03-2011 11:36 AM
Wow, that sounds like it's going to be awesome Fury!
So this will be a place where both 1st and 3rd party devs can have their work put into our semi-professional hands and thrashed to within an inch of it's life? (I mean "Tested")
Will there be stats? (As in number of beta testers, number culled, number of BTs per countries, etc)
Does that 'additional information' include video?
Will there be requirements for pic/vid uploaded to the site for beta show and tell?
Should I stop asking questions and wait for the website?
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