PlayStation Store gets revamp

New look for online store coming mid-April; new design, interface, and navigation; no new content for two weeks whilst work is underway.

The new front page.

Sony Computer Entertainments Europe and America have made official a redesign of the PlayStation Network's PlayStation Store. The new-look site will go live in approximately two weeks. Unfortunately, though work is underway on the new-and-improved store experience, the old one won't be receiving its traditional weekly update.

There will be no more weekly content updates before the relaunch of the new store in mid-April (from today in Europe, from April 3 in North America), although games and content that have already been uploaded--including Gran Turismo 5 Prologue in Europe--will continue to be available. Presumably, the new store will be up and running in time for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's scheduled US release date of April 17.

The revamp of the PlayStation Store comes after the results of an SCEE customer survey last year in which users criticised the navigation and interface. Both will be getting an overhaul, along with "more scope for categorisation," and a new design.

Once the store reopens for business proper, gamers will be prompted to download a new firmware update to their PlayStation 3 systems that will enable them to access the new PlayStation Store.

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desolation00
desolation00

Heh, could have had most of the opinions they're acting on now well before they launched. Alot of the problems they are fixing are similar to those already fixed by many online store sites. Granted the differences do make it a bit apple-orange of a comparison.

H-Quills
H-Quills

what needs to happen is a gta4 demo at the launch of the new store. but im just a dreamer

xcr33px
xcr33px

Looks great sony keep it up!

kalkhaja
kalkhaja

yes -GAZA- , unfortunately we have to wait another 10 days for the map packs (and the GOTY for that metter)...thats what i heard :(

maggamuffin
maggamuffin

It still doesn't seem that fully featured in terms of the choices that are there and actually I think the old store seems like it leads you to see things that you might not otherwise and in terms of the new store it seems you'll be searching with text to the point that you need to already know the name of the game you're intending to buy before you buy it and with the number of great old games that might be missed I wish they would stay with the old set up frankly. Maybe I'm alone in this opinion though.

-GAZA-
-GAZA-

If the PSN is down for two weeks does that mean we can't get the new COD4 map pack that comes out this week?

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

@Loucetios no thats wrong , Sony put a message in that news text thing saying what has happened and if you can't re log in using your password then you were a victim and stuff ?

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

dmish82: "Gotta love 360fanboytrolls who have to justify their $50/yr service by bashing the free PSN. It's quite comical to me. You pay your $50 to play against people online. I'll play for free why thank you." Yeah, it is funny and sad. I can play online for free on my PSP, DS, PS3, PS2, Wii, & PC. What i'm wondering is, if MS had online play free and all those "superior xboxLive features" were $50 a year, would people still pay the fee?

airsoftmanic
airsoftmanic

from what ive seen so far (only played my PS3 once or twice since i got it...too much mass effect) the site is really hard to use at the moment. took me a few minutes to realise that the shop is where you have to look for demos then there wasnt any real good demos to play other than resistance and AC4. hopefully MGS4 demo will be released at some point between here and its full game release. as for the UI, looks the same in terms of styling and looks a bit easier to navigate. hmm, i might go make a rant about the lack of demos for new games. ta ta.

DanC1989
DanC1989

Hmmm...looks interesting, as long as it's faster. And more regular CONTENT for EUROPE.

girlpowerz
girlpowerz

Seriously, what are lemmings doing here? It pains you to see that the PS3 is doing better, doesn't it? You can't stand the PS3 doing better than your system. Go Sony! All you have to do is work on Home especially and in game xbl. And I know you'll make it happen.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

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sribz
sribz

i'm waiting for some socom, but i'm not downloading that. I can imagine socom on my 1080p tv. hey, it's Loucetios, the PS3's one true savior and crusader.

Loucetios
Loucetios

Psikosis The Store tjhat was Hacked was the Playstation Store for PC, which is for the Psp, the Playstation Portable, not the Ps3, they are 2 different stores,

Psikosis
Psikosis

After being hacked and losing account information, let's hope they update their sorry-@ss security. It'll be awhile before I shop there...

krakout31
krakout31

and hey folks dont forget about little big planet too that look very interesting and fun

darkride66
darkride66

09231991. What new updates to the 360? I haven't heard boo regarding 360 updates for some time now. It's only been a handful of months since Europe and Canada even got Video Marketplace, and so far it's been pretty sad. I'd love to have a reason to use my 360 again but other than the occasional game of Guitar Hero I haven't turned on my 360 since I finished Halo 3 for the second time. What new updates are coming?

09231991
09231991

Well, looks like Sony's finally understanding how the online world works. MS was definitely a great guide to this but when the new updates for the 360 become available, then the 360 will be a step or two ahead again. Come on Sony, you gotta catch up here!

dmish82
dmish82

darkride66 You said it! The people running PSN are listening to the community and are making the changes we want. Within two months it will have all of the features Live has and more but for free and with less lag since it runs dedicated servers. And yes, PC users have been gaming online for years but leave it to MS to screw the consumer and make them pay.

darkride66
darkride66

dmish82 said "You pay your $50 to play against people online. I'll play for free why thank you." I agree. The PSN's friend managment lacks a few features but Sony has committed to improving this. In the meantime, all I want is to play against others online. 3 systems provide that. One makes you pay for it. For me, that's all there is to it. Sure I can afford the $50 a year, and paid it since launch, but as soon as there was an alternative with games I wanted to play online (thanks Warhawk/COD4), that's $50 I can use for a game, not for online play I've been getting for free on the PC for a decade.

dmish82
dmish82

Gotta love 360fanboytrolls who have to justify their $50/yr service by bashing the free PSN. It's quite comical to me. You pay your $50 to play against people online. I'll play for free why thank you.

s3NoXeRs3
s3NoXeRs3

Im assumeing they put the demos under all games. Like 360 All games> demos, New Demos ect.

andyplatinum
andyplatinum

Is it just me, or is there no demo menu on there?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Loucetios, A service Sony can only dream of coming close too!

AnthraxAngel
AnthraxAngel

It looks much better than how it looks at the moment like. Hope these next 2 weeks go quickly so the downloads can get back on track :) Love the free stuff :P

Loucetios
Loucetios

Agermemnon im getting tired of writing this over and over, The new Store, is SOFTWARE based, not WEB based like the old one, its a completely different format, which requires different coding, ask any programmer whats better, write a program in 2 different languages where one will no longer exsist, or, write it in one and have a delay before it can be seen? its common sense

twistedhades
twistedhades

EVERYONE SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE 29.99 PSN DOWNLOAD OF WARHAWK ONLINE ITS GREAT N IT A LIMITED TIME OFFER

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

So while they apply some makeup we get no new content for two weeks ????????

Loucetios
Loucetios

AM_DAVE says the guy who has a xbox 360 icon and no PSN ID

00ooPolarisoo00
00ooPolarisoo00

sony revamping something? wow, never heard of such a thing...

SiLENT_K1LL
SiLENT_K1LL

I want home because other than the internet, I don't use the damn thing.

paulust2002
paulust2002

somewhere said they'll be another suprise from sony, and its getting near for a home beta in the uk so maybe it's time, yeah it's , um, home time

AM_DAVE
AM_DAVE

ptown58 ur soooo right i completly ageree!!

darkride66
darkride66

ptown58 said "come on Sony get it together, what is there another Pixel game." I am looking forward to Home as well, but I have to ask, did you play any of the PixelJunk games? PixelJunk Monsters is fantastic, and I'm really looking forward to the expansion. Best $10 I've spent in a long time. Given the strength of this title I'm probably going to pick up PixelJunk Racers. Originally it didn't really interest me but I was so impressed with Monsters I think I'll give it a shot. At any rate, it's not like Sony's pulling people off games to update the PSN store.

ptown58
ptown58

Revamp ? come on Sony get it together, what is there another Pixel game wow or how about a Golf game. I own a ps3 and am getting bored with it so give us Home or something special please.

ztron370
ztron370

I'll do download whatever I have to as long as I don't have to pay,get it.

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

Home will come when it comes. I'm looking forward to actual games that make the system worth owning/buying. Home does sound like a cool idea but I personally won't spend to much time in it. That thing will either be very addictive or very boring...we shall see.

rbop
rbop

Why in the world does the service need to devoid of new content for TWO WEEKS. So they can upgrade the interface? Boo.

4Edds
4Edds

I'm getting uncomfortable with each passing month devoid of any HOME news. Has anyone heard any recent news regarding its developmental status and/or release date?

staley6565
staley6565

Say what you will about PS3, one of the things I like most about Sony recently is that whenever the fans say they want something, they start working on it and it gets done. I know people are complaining about in-game XMB, but Sony has said it IS going to happen, it'll just take time to develop. I know that I'm going to get flamed saying whatever competitor had it better in the first place etc., but for this being the first time around for Sony, it's cool to receive the attention about things we complain about that we don't really even pay for anyway.

RearEntry
RearEntry

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mike62884
mike62884

The current PSN store is pretty inefficient. I mean, if you're trying to load multiple items in your cart, when you click "keep shopping" you're taken directly to the home page, this makes it difficult to quickly nab multiple items from the same page, such as Rock Band songs. I hope the new layout is more streamlined and faster than the current one. Xbox Live Marketplace, sad to say, is the best online console store, with Wii Shop at thrid for lack of download content, demos, and videos.

darkride66
darkride66

I just noticed something funny. My initial reaction to the new PSN store (and I think it looks good) was "Hey, that reminds me of the XBL store." I realize now, looking at the picture, that the only similarities are text on the left, picture on the right, and other than that they have nothing in common. If that's why people are claiming that the PSN store revamp is copying XBL, really both stores are ripping off a table of contents I made for a university paper back in 92.

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

Looks good, I'll try it out when I get the MGS4 bundle in June. >B)

Loucetios
Loucetios

Tweep warhawk is $30 for 2 weeks now

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

i like the new look...the old psn layout didnt really bother me tho.

Tweep
Tweep

Shucks, didn't see the pound sign and thought they had lowered Warhawk to $19.99, oh well.