With Sony in preparations for the launch of Playstation Home later this year, the company has announced that it is ready to ramp up its closed beta test at the end of August.

To get into the next round of testing, North American Playstation 3 owners need simply to download the free Playstation Home theme to be available on the Playstation Store today.

“We will be using a variety of criteria including activity on the PlayStation Network to determine eligibility for the Beta community.”

- Jack Buser, Director of Playstation Home

Current Home testers will be included in the rollout and SCE Europe will be contacting active PS Network users for beta participation.