Sony fully embraced the concept of downloadable content when
it launched the PlayStation Store alongside the PS3 console in 2006. Rather
than creating a new custom front-end for its online outlet, Sony opted to use
the console’s web browser to access what was essentially a web page, making it
slow and unresponsive at times. While Sony’s solution functioned adequately,
shopping gamers felt that it left much to be desired.
Today, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that its
PlayStation Store will be receiving a much-needed revamp sometime in mid-April,
with a new, more dynamic look and improved navigation.
The new store version will be run natively (or at least
cached) on the PlayStation 3, enabling a much quicker browsing experience. Also
completely overhauled will be the interface, which will be sorted akin to
Microsoft’s implementation on Xbox Live Marketplace.
In order for Sony to complete construction on its new
PlayStation storefront, no new content will be put on virtual store shelves
after April 3 until launch. After completion, a firmware update will be
required for users to access the new PlayStation Store.
No date was giving for the launch of the new store, but Sony
mentioned in its press release that the re-opening will happen in time for the
release of Gran
Turismo 5 Concept, which will be available both in stores and online on