Redesigned PlayStation Store Goes Live in North America
The delayed PS Store revamp has finally made its way to North America with a new front page and improved search functionality.
Sony's PlayStation Store redesign, only the second in the PS3's history, has gone live in North America. The revamp was originally due out on October 23, but due to some issues with its European launch, it was delayed for PS3 owners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Now that it's live, North American gamers can see the shiny new front page, redesigned search function, and other changes that have been implemented to make it easier for you to buy stuff on your PS3.
Besides the aesthetic differences, the biggest changes to the store are the ways to look for games, movies, and other forms of entertainment. The search function has ditched the on-screen keyboard for a tumbling text input, with results that show up immediately on the right side of a screen and shrink down as you enter more letters. Related content, like DLC, trailers, and themes, is easily accessible from each game's "parent page." The Games page, which can be found upon loading up the store, is made up of categories like "Day 1 Digital" and "PlayStation Plus," to name a few, as well as separating the PS3, Vita, and PSP content into their own categories.
A full summary of the new features can be found on the PlayStation Blog. I just browsed the redesigned store on my PS3, and the new search function was very responsive and easy to use, definitely an improvement over the old keyboard format. For those of you who do a lot of PlayStation Store shopping, this should make it even easier to spend those digital dollars.
So it's the Play Station NowWorks?
Wow, it's actually way easier to navigate, and a bit "snappier" too. I'll take any improvements to the PSN with a smile, it's not like I have to pay for it :3
Wow. They made it easier to spend money?
I guess I should be happy they made at least one improvement to the ps3 owning experience.
Related content, like DLC, trailers, and themes, is easily accessible from each game's "parent page."
That improvement I actually care about. It became incredibly frustrating to see if I could find DLC for a three-month old game on the PS store, look for related avatars, or even get a trailer I love to watch. Not to mention the searching really sucked if you didn't have a keyboard to use.
Hoping that those "suggestions" on the right-hand side have either improved or have been removed completely as well.
It was a massive pain in the ass to find stuff, so I'm really happy they made it much much easier to do so.
Am i missing something? i find it much more difficult to find things now. on top of that its way slower than it used to be.
I haven't tried it but hey, as long as it's not as laggy as before, I'd be fine.
Seriously, sometimes I found myself pressing the X button repeatedly wondering if I indeed press the button, if my controller is not working or if the store was lagging.
Oh, and yeah, I also hope its as easy to navigate as they say it is. Trying to find the latest Rock Band songs through the store was a pain in the ass.
Now they just need to release another patch to remove SingStar from my game menu and I will be happy.
I was initially thinking it looked like a mix between the 360 dashboard and the Netflix interface. After a bit of browsing, I already like it. Way faster, no loading error, easier to look things up. Pretty snazzy.
I don't know what the big fuss was for the old store format. I found it easy to use.
Just got done using it myself and damn it's nice. I do love the new search function, but if I have one complaint it is that I'd like to be able to access the filters without having to scroll all the way back to the top of the screen.