PSN Store Makeover Revealed
Be honest, gaming world. You’ve spent years growing tired of the way that the Playstation Network Store looks as it rapidly approaches the end of the 7th generation. You imagination drifting to younger, slimmer, toner console-based shopping experiences, you fantasize about getting up the courage to tell PSN that you’re moving out, and that you’re taking the Vita with you. Well, PSN apparently cares a great deal about catching your wandering eye, because its been going to the gym, getting buff, taking nightclasses to smarten up, and generally trying to become the kind of online shopping experience you always say you want to be with.
Which is to say, the service has received a complete redesign, which Sony unveiled today at an event in London. The new version has a new aesthetic that highlights new content, and a UI with games, movies and other content placed clearly on the front page. Among the changes:
* Say goodbye to the old blue background. They’ve adopted the ‘hero’ concept (think the recent Game Front redesign. High profile representations of new games are prominently displayed next to a more clearly organized grouping of new games.
* An improved search function has been implemented that can detect typos and search anyway.
* Filtering is buffed, and players will now be able to search by price, peripherals, and content.
* PSP and PS Vita both get their own separate catalogues, but those catalogues will be linked to PS3, so that one search will rule them all.
The redesign will be rolled out starting October 17. So, prepare to have one hell of a long update download sometime next week.