PlayStation Home will be patched today to version 1.04 in a "first step
" effort towards resolving various connection issues users have been experiencing. While this is a good thing, the PlayStation.Blog
also notes one side effect of this new patch: voice chat will be temporarily disabled. The removal of voice chat (for now) should alleviate the crushing bandwidth load on Sony's servers since the official "open beta" launch of the service.
The blog recommends "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."