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The new look of the PlayStation Store  (Source: SCEA)
Sony's PlayStation Store gets a much-needed revamp in two weeks

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 April 17.





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It's about freakin' time
By bgm063 on 4/1/2008 1:50:17 AM , Rating: 2
I'll be glad to see the Playstation Store get this much needed upgrade.

I hope they make some improvements in their security as well. This upgrade probably has some sort of answer to last week's security issues.

As a proud PS3, I'll admit that the guys at Sony will have alot of ground to cover to catch up to XBL. At least, they're giving it some attention now. Hope PS Home is next though.




RE: It's about freakin' time
By daftrok on 4/1/2008 2:30:41 AM , Rating: 2
Indeed. The closer they bridge the gap between PSN and XBL, the less justification there will be for charging online play.


RE: It's about freakin' time
By Hiawa23 on 4/1/08, Rating: 0
Playstation Home
By Aloonatic on 4/1/2008 4:38:44 AM , Rating: 2
Did I miss something, or has "home" been completely abandoned?

I thought we supposed to be flying around to virtual shops to buy games and such by now?




RE: Playstation Home
By Bigjee on 4/1/2008 6:12:22 AM , Rating: 2
Oh Home has not been abandoned. Not at all. The upcoming GTA IV game has been integrated with PS Home and I cant wait to see what they have in store for us.


Gran Turismo 5 Concept
By Marlowe on 4/1/2008 10:34:12 AM , Rating: 3
I think you mean Prologue ;)




Finally!
By Aikouka on 4/1/2008 8:52:22 AM , Rating: 2
Circle is finally back when you're in "inner pages" rather than exiting the entire store. That alone is a great change :). Although, I should admit that I believe it's L2 that serves as a back button right now... I can never remember which shoulder button it is.




Store Displays Bite.
By Mitch101 on 4/1/2008 9:56:44 AM , Rating: 2
You walk into any store today and the only thing you can see or do on a display unit is play a game on any of the consoles.

I would never know about all the other things you can do with any of the todays consoles if it weren't for articles like this or knowing someone with the console. Which leads me to believe that many game console displays only tell part of the story. Would anyone here with one of todays consoles say their console is just a game machine it does nothing else?

I believe they need to revamp the store demo's so that you can get an idea of what else the consoles can do other than play games. Another round of firing people in marketing that don't think outside the box.




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