As someone who has played on every PlayStation console since the original, it goes without saying that the PSN store on the PlayStation 3 was a terrible experience.
I didn't even notice that.
It was very noticeable by many http://www.penny-arcade.com...
Playstation Store is awesome now, when I can get it to open. Half the damn time I have to refresh the wifi connection with a connectivity check for it to even open. But when it does it's great, waaaaay better than PS3 era. Just wish the Playstation Store deals were under the Store tab instead of clogging up the What's New tab. I'd actually use What's New if it weren't 2/3rds ads covering up what my friends have been up to..... :(
@Consul just log out and log back in. Way quicker, but yeah that problem persists.
HA! I love Penny Arcade.
I've never had a problem with the store not opening. You need to check your settings (network and PS4's) cuz something is wrong. I've never had the store not open and it always opens fast (in mere secs) and I only have a 10mbit connection.
The PS4 store is seamless compared to the PS3 one, which was slow as hell. It used to make me think my network was messed up. It was (and is) painful. The PS4 store hauls butt. Huge improvement.
Your joking aren't you? The store on the ps4 fails to load most times for me. I have to reboot my ps4 just get it to load most of the time. It's hit or miss.
I still prefer the original PS3 store. The layout was much easier to navigate and find whatever you wanted, it was way faster, I don't know why they changed it to this slow, barely responsive version that requires more steps to find something than should be necessary.
@jason, sounds like an issue that is on your end, or maybe an issue local to your area.
I have bought over 35 digital games and I have never ran into the problem Jason mentioned.
At Jason...I used to just log out then log back in...worked like a charm....but since they fixed it I don't have to do it anymore...so I think it's your end tbh. You might need to rebuild in safe mode
@jason I love my ps4 just as much as the next gamer, but i agree that the ps4 store will not load sometimes and as recently as yesterday i did have to restart my console in order for the store to stop hanging.
@DragonKnight Actually the original store might have been the worst of all. They updated it a few years in and at that point it was pretty remarkable and close to the experience we have on PS4 today. Then they updated again and isolated everything and made the store a separate app (likely to reduce the OS footprint). That's when things went way downhill.
@JasonBloodbourne , sounds like you need to open some ports on your router. I've had zero problems.
@pivotplease That's probably the one he's thinking about as well. That version of the PS3 store was so good and fast, I still have no idea why they changed it to that clunky and slow shit that is its current form. It looks nice and all, but it's a drag to even do the most basic of things. It's SOO slow on the PS3, it's remarkable that they even allow such a program in the system. On the PS4 it's a bit faster, but when you still experience slowdowns there, with that hardware(!), you just know that it's extremely poorly built. I just use the browser on PC to buy stuff now. Luckily that's an option. Not that that one is especially fast either... I do wish they'd remove that got damn pop-up window telling you that you've placed something in the shopping basket, which you then have to remove again for it to go away, it doesn't even auto-hide. I can't believe how unintuitive that shit is.
I want the old psn store back. The new store sucks.
@JasonBloodbourne You are right and wrong, since launch the laggy psn store, faling to load etc basically the problem some are describing on here is real. Anyone who doubts it should visit the playstation forums! Out of 10 or so friends who all bought the Ps4 at launch from amazon uk, 9 of them have had this issue. I am the only one who does not, it works flawless for me but the last 2 weeks downloads on my ps4 take ages and this too is being investigated as lots of people are reprorting crazy slow download times in europe since the last o.s update. Sony need to sort this psn store problem, i sat with my buddy and tried everything! opening ports manually, dmz, upnp on, off, open dns, google dns, and nothing worked. Problem would come back, i think its some port the isp must be blocking. All my 9 friends are on virgin fibre, maybe thats the issue? Lol who knows. I am the only one on adsl+2 (lol) i know super annoying, no fibre available for me yet. Regardless i hva changed isp a few times but still it works flawless. Hopefully people get it sorted, and i hope sony sort the slow downloads issue. Even in sleep mode it has been very slow.
i use to have that problem where i always needed to restart my console just to access the PS store, but as of a month or 2 ago its been fine.
@Jason That hasn't been an issue since the last major firmware update, like 6 months ago...
Yes, it's definitely better now. I just wish they would move the "Library" tab to the front of the list next to the Media Player instead of having it at the very end of the game list. It's just dumb to have it there. It would be better to have the tabs vertical instead of horizontal. The 360 still has the best UI, especially with the HOME button. Glad they fixed the PS Store though.
something i have noticed today is my ONLINE STORAGE is already full.
everything is clunky and slow on the ps3 source: my phatty in the bedroom
I have to say... To be fair, the super clunkiness of the PS3 store dates to the update when they implemented what was designed to be the PS4 Store. When the store was still designed for the PS3 needs, it was and run great.
Truth! I remember the very first PS3 store which was like a slow website. Then they redesigned it some time in 2008 I believe into the squares. It was perfect and snappy. Then they did it again and made it the current PS4ish UI and it sucks.
These guys speak the truth. I stopped using the PS3 one after that update. It's brutally painful to both start and browse.
I much prefer the PS Store on PS4 compared to PS3. Granted the PS Store on PS3 has improved in design over the years but it's still so slow compared to PS4.
The PS4 is on a whole other level this gen compared to last gen. My biggest gripe with my PS3 was downloading since you couldn't play online and download from the store at the same time. Having a snappy PS store and background downloads has been an amazing feature that I've enjoyed from the start!
i don't like the PS store at all. I prefer the ps3 slow clunky to the new ps4 one.
Woah!! I've stepped into Bizzaro-World. You've got 2 basically identical stores, one is just mind-numbingly slow and laggy, and one is smooth as butter 98% of the time (for me anyway. This is the first time I've ever heard people saying the store won't load up. I've had PS4 since the Destiny bundle launch and the store has never failed to load for me), and you quite adamantly prefer the former? Crazy talk I tellsya!! I mean......I know you're trolling. Anyone who's actually used the PS3 and PS4 would know that you've obviously NEVER been on one or the other....probably both. But I just wanted to play along for a few while DriveClub is downloading.
I actually like the launch/classic PSN Store version - the one with the blue blocks or whatever... it just had a nice charm to it *shrugs*. Possibly just nostalgic overload, idk...
I liked that one the most. It was simple to navigate and fast. The current PS Store just has too many tabs/options. https://i.imgur.com/9080Z4o...
Honestly, this is going to sound soooo cheesy, but the store sound effects combined with the layout made it seem like a real "shopping experience". The current layout, which is okay in my books, feels too much like I'm trying to browse for a movie rental, lol.
lol, memories. I personally liked the old way too, the new format looks great too though. I never really got those that would judge the PS Store lol, I'm not on there long enough to really notice much. If anything I love that the speed has increased, but that will come along with consoles with better ram, cpu's etc.
I dunno, for me it was easiest to find something during the earlier PS3 store version. After they changed it, it was really confusing until after they've introduced the search function. On PS4 it's really clunky and rarely works as intended though, making it a real challenge for me to find anything.
It still doesn't load some times and just goes to a blue screen with the O button for go back in the corner. It requires a restart to work. It works most of the time but I've had this happen a few times in the last few days. Even when I was going from the Last of Us DLC menu. Its weird to have a store app that doesn't work 100% of the time.
Well he isnt lying there, the PS4 PSN is so much more better, fast and very easy to sort and access games, hardly any complaints from me except adding a wishlist section like Steam
It is slow on PS3, but whatever..it was rarely a hassle to find something there for me.
That's my point above basically sure it was slow etc but i could find something 100x easier then i can now.
PSN Store still needs a redesign even though its fast. Even finding all the free PS Plus games is really hard unless you know exactly what you're looking for and search for it.
I'm sorry but the PS store still sucks. That store seriously needs to be rebuilt from scratch. There are times where I can't even access the store at all because the interface never loads up.
That sounds like an internet problem. I personally never have that problem.
It's not an internet problem.
It's a server problem. The same thing happens to me from time to time. It also happens to my friends list every now and then when my Internet is showing 25 mb/s down and 6 up so you know it's Sony's servers.
I remember a time when I couldn't even buy games outside of the store on my PS3. That was irritating, especially if there was a quick deal or a limited beta or any old code that I wanted to redeem quickly - I had to wait until I got home. The new store is so useful.
Well, they got that right about the PSN on PS3. The PS4's PSN is sure a heck of a lot better, but that's just comparably.
Just skip all that noise and use the web-based store. Leagues better than the console-based stores.
Most importantly, you can buy stuff for all platforms on the web store.
PSN get's improved: everyone should notice. Xbox comes out with BC: it's not that important.
I'm a fan of the UI. Now, let's talk about those download speeds...
The old ps3 store was miles better than the current store is. It was obviously a test for the ps4 store.
You made it easier to buy stuff from you cool. Would be cooler if a lot of it wasn't games I already owned on PS3 with better graphics. Yes I am salty
Ps4 store never messes up for me
The one thing that needs to happen for me to be completely satisfied with the PS4's network features is REMEMBER MORE THAN ONE WIFI NETWORK and CONNECT TO SAVED NETWORKS AUTOMATICALLY. My laptop has been able to do this since 2008! Bringing my PS4 to a friend's house every weekend and having to go into network settings to connect to his WiFi when it's a routine occurence is really stupid!
the ps store on ps3 used to be flawless until they implemented the look that found it's way to the ps4 When they decided THAT was what it's supposed to look like the experience has been terribly slow. Never had an issue with ps4, but they need to revert to the old store on ps3.
It is much faster on ps4, however it could use some design improvement in some areas. Products can be very vague and have very little description. When you look at a game on steam it gives you every piece of information you could want and then some.
And this is the main topic on N4G,wow!!!
PS3 Store is absolute garbage. It's slow, freezes, kicks you out. The PS3 Download List where you can see your downloads is piss poor as well. It just kicks you out after a while. That's the PS3 for you. Kick you out of their services.
You do realize this article is about how great the PS4 store is right? PS4... I love the PS4 store it's fast and convenient. I like how you aren't inundated with ads on the PS4 ui as well. They really nailed it with the PS4 my desire to go back to my xbox's has been virtually 0. Btw, you are exaggerating ridiculously about the PS3.
I know. I was just saying and from my experience (Yes I have a very fast connection) I'm not exaggerating.
Alot better than the PS3s store that's for sure. I like how fast this one feels.
The us store is good (I have a Us account) but I find the UK one slow and badly organised. It's improved since the beginning though. Still winds me up that PS3 has all these classics and PS4 doesn't because they expect us to buy PS Now.
The problem is the slow speed. I have a fast connection, but the PSN is so slow downloading games. Steam is like 10x as fast. I run my ps4 inm DMZ so no port issue. Same with my Xbox One. Annoying!
The psn store not loading is a real issue. I used to had that problem and i tried everything, opening ports, puttings it on dmz and i still had the same problem so i realize it had to be something with my isp. So the problem lies with certains isps. I ended up changing my isp and now it works fine, slow(but that's just how the store is) but fine.
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