So it has been almost 2 years of the PS3 and with that we have almost 2 years of the new PSN (not the one that was used for the PS2 - which blew big time!).
the american store is so much easier to navigate, the european store is just a hot mess
I just think its them being complacent again... "The Europeans are buying PS3's anyways..." the U.S. is where they really want to make an impact so they focus all their energies there. Sony really doesnt seem to have too good communication between SCEA, SCEE etc. As someone posted there is no reason why the layouts of the Euro and US stores should be different. It IS retarded. There are just simple things that they should be making the same like: -In the U.S store when browsing e.g. "Latest" you get icons of games, vids etc., and the icons themselvels are LABELLED "PSP game", "Bluray" "PSone" etc.---so you dont have to guess and can see quickly at a glance. Eu store you have to "change view mode", and then its still not always clear if it is a PSP demo, PSone or PS3 etc. -Pricing: The actual font used for pricing is bigger and MUCH easier to read in US store. Why do I have to squint cause im in UK? -And as someone already posted why dont they have a seperate 'Demos' section like the U.S store?
This obviously isn't working out, Continental Europeans have totally different gaming tastes and the use of a console to the UK. Just correct a few of the spellings in the NA versions of games and get them online on a separate store from EU, I don't need the extra room on my harddrive taken by other languages I don't need. Its like the NA store waiting whilst getting given Mexican and Canadian French built in games.
I downloaded the Ratchet and Clank: Secret Agent Clank demo the other week. I linked to the psp and copied it across fine and dandy. I played it, and despite the PSP needing another thumbstick enjoyed the demo. The problem came when I showed it to my eight year old son, who loves Future tools of destruction on PS3. He wanted the demo put on his PSP. So i thought, I will copy the demo onto my mac from the PSP and then copy it onto his. Oh no, its protected content and won't play. Ok I will download it again on PS3, no dice it won't download again. Ok I try the PC store, and i can't download it there either, it's got a red store sign that says I have already downloaded it. I try the ape escape demo, which downloads. But when my son's PSP is connected it won't copy over, with some numerical error message, connect mine and it works fine. Maybe I have to register the PSP to my account, as I have already with my own. I own both after all. Well one is my son's but he is only eight. I register both and it still won't work. I give up in disgust. Why Sony why? It's a demo, why not let people copy it freely, that is like Sony saying, heres an advert, but only certain people can see it, what kind of marketing is that?
yh your rite, we share far more in common with americans (and any of our english speaking counterparts) than mainland europe.
i seem 2 manage it fine
come on, we pay more for a crappy service, even if you get used to it after a while, in comparison, it completely $#!+
I'de like to know why the hell don't we have an option just for demos like in the US store and instead have to navigate through all the games searching for what demos are available. Talk about retardness.
I know, its beyond a joke! You would of thought they'd just give the same version of the store to everyone.
I live in the US and when I went to the European store I was completely lost. It took me five minutes to find one demo. In the US store you just click on demos. Why is it even different?
What I can't understand is the insistence of Sony not making a separate region for the UK or just give us the NA versions, we speak English too, its just that Americans insist on spelling things slightly differently. In the UK we had to wait about 3 months for Pain...I don't know why, probably to do with the other languages Sony put in for the rest of the EU. For the UK the store can often be a joke; for example, I have NO idea when the hell the UK is getting Bionic Commando: Rearmed and I don't know where the Sony are getting the 'classic chart hits' PSone downloads from as half of them weren't even POPULAR in the UK and of course the lack of the video store (which is complicated anyway, so I can't blame SCEE on that one.) Sounds like things are getting better with announced international releases recently. I expect things to pick up fast, but the TBC release of BC:R was a kick in the head from previous timed releases.
well considering that the Eurpean PSN Store is abour 6 months behind the NA one.. then they should get stuff 6 months after the NA store... it only seems fair.. haha
I think if the software is there and can be up loaded, then they shoulf do it.....thats only fair.
I'm from America, but I have a EU account as well, and it's still not on par with the NA store, but it HAS improved, just not fast enough IMO.
Its getting there. I think it'll be sorted by Christmas. If they get rid of freaking 'Movement' and spend that money on something worthwhile that someone cares about on the network maybe it'll improve vastly. I have a NA and JP account, but I don't have the right credit card for either of them so sometimes I have to wait and wait and wait, but its got much better in the last few months. At least I have a chance to read lots of reviews before I get anything off it though.
i am from italy and i buy stuff from US and JAP store with my credit card...but i wasnt able to purchase COD 4 variety pack from UK store for my imported copy of the game!! well EU stores are all region locked!! i think EU store managers are all lazy retared and should be fired asap!!
They took forever to get rid of the people responsible for the commercials for the PSP and PS3 that left you saying WTF? I still have not recovered from that creepy ps3 baby. Hopefully they will fire the people organizing the store and just copy and paste the US store layout.
You get what you pay for?
But you expect to get exactly the same treatment as people who speak the same language across the Atlantic get for the same 'price'.
if that's the case the europeans should be getting more since, although the PSN is free we pay more for the PS3 in the first place.
Its the same with everything. I'm used to it, all electronics. I know, but I'm still happy I bought my PS3 for last summer. The worst thing is the MS point conversion over here in the UK, its ridiculous.
i'm happy with my PS3, just not the Euro PSN store.
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