Posted on October 28, 2008,

PlayStation Store for PC Returns in New Form

Gaming Today

With the PlayStation Store now (finally) accessible directly from your PSP, the PlayStation Store for PC has become largely superfluous for many. But those with a PSP who don’t have wireless internet or can’t get online their PSP for whatever reason still have need for it. Sony has been busy reworking the store recently, which has been unavailable since the most recent PSP firmware update was released. It’s finally back and in a completely new form; rather than working through your browser, you’ll now have to download Media Manager 3.0 (available here), which will allow you to directly access the store without your browser.

Media Manager is only compatible with Windows XP and Vista and, according to the system requirements, will not function with the 64-bit version of either operating system. I did manage to get it working on Vista 64-bit without any hassle, but your miles may vary when it comes to achieving the same result.

The store now looks a lot like the version PlayStation 3 owners use, which is a major thing. But I’m not sure that requiring you to have a standalone program is really a good move — while you did have to install a small program with the previous version of the PlayStation Store for PC, it was extremely basic and easy to use. You clicked download and the file was automatically downloaded to your PSP, provided it was connected via USB. Media Manager is fairly simple, but there’s certainly some more work involved when using it. I guess I just have another reason to be happy with the direct access on PSP.

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