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.

Via VG 24/7.

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5 Comments on PSN Store Makeover Revealed

Swcloud99

On October 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Why are they doing this? Some of those features are good but I love the way it looks right now. I don’t need the fluff. It’s simple and elegant.
Maybe it will be good but maybe it will look like the stuff found on microsoft’s online store… *Shudder*

R.J.

On October 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Sounds good to me. It’s a little strange how certain new releases are harder to find than they ought to be. Not impossible, by any means, but the new stuff really ought to take center stage since it’s what people are going to look at first.

BerrySenpai90

On October 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I was hoping sony would release Parasite Eve on the PSN store in europe because I’m loosing faith in the company.

Stupid Sony

On October 12, 2012 at 1:04 am

“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.”

Er, no. No, we haven’t. Maybe you were being sardonic but if that’s the case then it didn’t come across very well. PSN has far more problems than its store menu design, which I’ve always liked and is now going to do away with its vibrant colours to mimic Xbox Live (don’t pretend you don’t see the obvious, intentional similarities) for no apparent reason. Change for the sake of change. Meanwhile, the things PS3 gamers have wanted to see – compulsory trophy patches for all games released without them, the ability to change screenname, reintroduction of custom OS, the ability to search your download history instead of scrolling through hundreds upon thousands of purchases, having trophy data automatically sync up with your online avatar, and so on – continue to be overlooked.

Stupid Sony

On October 12, 2012 at 1:09 am

Oh, and I forgot one of the biggest kicks in the teeth – the PSone/PS2 classics, especially in Europe. PAL PS3 owners have the most asinine and inconsistent PSone libraries you can imagine, with games that have been released in the US not even making it to European consoles until years later – many of them still haven’t arrived. We have Syphon Filter and Syphon Filter 3, but no Syphon Filter 2. We didn’t get the Resident Evil games until a short while ago. Silent Hill appeared for a couple of hours, then disappeared without warning or reason, then reappeared months later. We’ve had Driver for years, but not its sequel. We only started receiving PS2 games earlier this year, and so far very few of them are worthwhile. I’m sure there’s also similar frustration in other regions. It almost makes it redundant to have a classics section.