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The revamped PlayStation Store looks gorgeous... but so what?

Gamasutra: "The new PlayStation Store rolled out in select regions yesterday across PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, with a clear focus on giving other entertainment outlets such as film and TV as much attention as video game downloads."

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GribbleGrunger1380d ago (Edited 1380d ago )

So what?

The new store looks great, with a slick interface and easier navigation. Clearly Sony has worked hard to make it as user friendly as possible and has promised to change things in accordance with user needs and requests. I can't see what more myself or anyone else could ask for.

I love the new 'metro-esque' design too. It brings the offerings to life with some very nice parallax scrolling effects and relevant backdrop artwork. One thing I loved above all else though was the fact everything pertaining to a particular games was in one place, making DLC, Themes, deals and Avatars easily accessible. All in all a fluid and rewarding experience, and one I'm sure to enjoy more than the old store, where finding things became something of a lottery.

I wasn't too keen on the new search function when I saw it in videos, but after my short but sweet hands on with it, I think it's actually better and quicker than the search before.

It is a pity that it had teething problems, but I'm sure these little hiccups will be ironed out quickly. Loading times will improve once everyone has downloaded it and cached most of the frequently accessed pages and features.

We can only speculate on what it will eventually offer over time, but with the acquisition of Gaikai and the store being more browser based, one can only assume that Gaikai will feature more in the future. Perhaps demos could be streamed real time instead of having to download them and I'd suggest the 12GB PS3 is an indication that this is a big possibility.

Full PC games? You never know.

Baka-akaB1380d ago (Edited 1380d ago )

Dont bother , we'd have soon a "when is sony going to revamp its store interface" titled article instead , had this change not been happening already

ShadowKingx1379d ago

Full Games i don’t think will see those streamed, but demos i can see of course i would also think there would be a GB limit possibly. i have not seen the Ps store but after seeing some screenshots of it. looks really great

doogiebear1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

I have to [respectfully] disagree. I dont think sony spent all that money acquiring Gaikai just to make demo's on cloud. Granted, yes, that is what Gaikai used to do, so that may mean that theres a limit on what they can stream without getting noticable lag, but I think sony will aim higher than just doing demo's. Not quite full ps3 games, but better than demo's. Possibly psn games. Either way, speculation is becoming increasingly meaningless at this point, because Gaikai's new website already teases new games like Metal Gear Rising Reveangance (which would be mean to tease a mere demo for it only). I dont think that keeping cloud servers running 24/7 is cost efficient for free demo's (and no one would pay a subscription for demo's), when I could simply download it (even if it is long and boring wait and hd memory consuming)

007Bond1379d ago

Guys it's just a freaking game system! No need to go on the offense every little article you don't agree with about your preferred console that you all probably had no involvement in making. Jeez people these days

GribbleGrunger1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

Rectifying an inflammatory headline isn't taking offence, it's redressing the balance and offering the truth. We have just as much right to do that as someone has the right to write these articles... I'd say more so considering we are many and the writer is one. If the many are happy then they're bound to point that out.

Are you suggesting that we should let these articles go unchallenged and so create misconception and bias? Nintendo fans have a right to complain about all the negative articles, Sony fans have a right to complain about all the negative articles and 360 fans have a right to complain about the negative article.

darx1379d ago

Seriously! Whining over the PS store interface..

medziarz1378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

The Collections tab is a strange one, bringing together multiple games under one banner, such as Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, and FIFA. While it seems useful at first, it does make you wonder how Sony chose which third-party franchises will receive collections. Did EA pay for the FIFA Collection, for example? Plus, many of the featured games simply tell you they are only available at retail, which isn't exactly the most useful information in a digital store.

The author of this rant is stupid and his opinions have no merit :D
The last thing mentioned in the above quote is actually brilliant, I wasn't expecting Sony to come up with that, they're not the smartest company :D

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DOMination-1380d ago

Good work Sony. Now kindly make sure the XMB stays as far away from ps4 as possible

jacksons981380d ago

XMB is great, infact my gf asked me if we could set up our PC with the same bar.

Blastoise1380d ago

Why does everyone hate on the XMB? I like it. I think its good, easy to use atleast.

doogiebear1379d ago

It is slow as hell though. But maybe it's a RAM thing or something.

Baka-akaB1380d ago (Edited 1380d ago )

XMb better be in , it's more efficient and just need to be improved for voice and text chat , and of course speed .

Last thing needed is idiocy like trying to cram some insane graphic interface in-game .

At "worst" it could be something like the Vita's interface

PirateThom1379d ago

Vita's interface works because it's touch screen... navigation with the buttons is awkward on it.

Baka-akaB1379d ago

Wich is why i say at worst . We dont know what theps4 could likely bring on

Eiffel1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

At least scrap the in-game XMB. No need to load every option I'd otherwise never use or be able to use while in game. Pointless and slow.

Xof1379d ago

Good god no. Have you seen the Vita's OS? The XMB is perfect, it just needs more functionality and better optimization. It's the single most intuitive, efficient OS for non-PC platforms ever concieved.

It's so ****ing hard to go from the XMB to the Vita, or 3DS, or iPad OSes because they're just so much clunkier. I mean, hell, you can criticize the XMB for feeling like it's straight out of 2005, but that complaint doesn't hold much venom once you realize everyone else is stuck back in 1993.

Redempteur1379d ago

The vita OS is great and works only because it's a touch interface.
However, there is no need to change the xmb ..Playstation player are already familliar with it , what we need is more features , not a new interface

Qrphe1379d ago

Oh hell no, XMB is king

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freezola751380d ago (Edited 1380d ago )

Some ppl are saying that this PSN revamp looks similar to the 360's Dashboard. Is this the case?

It definitely looks more engaging, more streamlined in my opinion.

SlavisH21380d ago

you can tell they observed the 360 dashboard or had that in mind when improving psn. anyway its still a improvement!

DivineAssault 1380d ago

Get off it.. Its just the store & its not bad.. They had to modernize its interface to make ppl more interested in buying content.. Its a business strategy that all companies use to make money... Apple set a trend that MANY ppl had to follow.. I like the new store look but hey, to each his own

ziggurcat1379d ago

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

/sarcasm

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