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Sony unveils redesigned PS Store, live from October 17

Thursday, 11th October 2012 11:46 GMT By Stace Harman

At a press event in London today, Sony unveiled a complete overhaul of its digital store front. The new look PS Store is set to replace the old design in Europe on Wednesday October 17 and brings with it a host of new features.

The PlayStation store is to receive a completely new look and additional functionality, Sony revealed today.

Aesthetic changes include a more visually orientated store-front intended to better highlight new content, alongside a redesigned UI that places sections for games, movies and TV content on the front page.

The redesign ensures the entire screen is used to display content and everything scales, so users with a SD connection will be able to experience the same redesigned aesthetic.

The more dynamic look does away with the old, blue background and revolves around a “Hero” concept. This places high-profile characters from popular games, such as FIFA 13 and Assassin’s Creed 3, on each page alongside windows featuring new titles and highlighted content.

The pages themselves scroll from left to right, on what Sony describes as a carousel set-up, which puts more of the store’s content within easy reach as the user moves through scrolling pages.

It’s from a functional perspective that the store will undergo its biggest changes. The search function is now smart, so provides a reductive list of options as each letter of the search phrase is typed. Abbreviations and mis-spellings will also be covered, allowing users to search for MW3 or Mas Efect.

Search performance will be further refined over the coming months, “What will be refreshing to customers is that this will represent a new agile programme that will enable us to add new content every month or so, rather than dumping the new content and saying we’re done,” explained PS Store product development manager, Elliot Dumville.

Filtering has also been improved, filtering is now possible by content type, but also by price and even by peripheral support.

PS Vita and PSP integration sees two separate catalogues of content for those devices. Dumville explained that the vast majority of PS Store users browse by PS3 content and so this separating of home and mobile console offerings will allow them to browse only content that is relevant to them. The search function will still return results for content across all platforms.

In a guided tour of the store, Dumville showed-off grouped content, which brings together all content for any given title in one place, with links to demos, full games, DLC and themes. Searching for Black Ops, for example, shows related screen shots, links to a demo and provides recommendations for other Call of Duty content.

Movie content works in a very similar way to games, and continues the ‘Hero’ concept found in the game section.

The redesigned PS Store will be rolled-out in all regions in which PS Store is currently available, starting next week on Wednesday October 17 in PAL regions, culminating in a US launch on Tuesday October 23. VG247 will have an in-depth look at its features and a more extensive discussion with both Dumville and Gordon Thornton, VP of network operations, in the coming days.

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16 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    Funny I was just thinking when would this update occur 5 minutes ago! :P

    #1 2 years ago
  2. KrazyKraut

    The font reminds me of Win 8 or XBL

    #2 2 years ago
  3. thebigcheese

    I’m glad to see a redesign of the store. But some of the stuff it’s adding seems like it should have been there since the last redesign. Things like viewable file sizes and a usable search are a weird thing to be hyped about in 2012.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    I just hope it’s faster tbh.

    I don’t want to have to wait several seconds after the screen transitions before I can interact with anything again, that’s the current PS Store experience.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. VIP0R

    Looks like a cross between XBLA and Steams Big Picture mode.

    Did they mention anything about getting releases out on time?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Definitely due an overhaul.

    @3
    Possibly more obviously viewable file sizes, as that is in there already.

    @4
    From also using the other region stores this seems to be an EU thing. It annoys the hell out of me too, but the US store is a lot snappier.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. dizzygear

    This was long overdue IMO I just hope its faster as well.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. K-V-C

    im not the smartest person when comes to computers or software stuff but with the new ps store can you download things quicker or will it be the same ??? looks brill doh

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    I dont mind if it shares some resemblance with the XBLA desing, what i do mind if they will make the same mistake as microsoft with that desing, which was not putting the games as a primary thing, i hope Sony put the focus on games rather than other services in order to avoid that misscue, and if the interface is the same as the XBLA one, it will be a good thing IMHO, i like that particular style but with Sony´s touch.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. kupocake

    And yet I’m seeing and reading nothing about a sorely needed wishlist feature. Who cares about how well you can search for content when you should be able to find it once, tag it for future consideration and never have to search for it again?

    I guess 15 years of E-Commerce happened to people other than Sony.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. woe

    This has Metro written all over it.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mistermogul

    Good, it’s about time this got an overhaul.

    Definitely looks more like the Xbox dash!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. xino

    most important…will it load faster?:/

    #13 2 years ago
  14. zinc

    Well I hope it doesn’t completely cover up your theme. No point in having a nice dynamic theme, if your cannot see it :-/

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lounds

    About fucking time, Steam has had it right for years now, XBL started to do it righ, only took SONY 6 years.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Kuwabara

    not even necessary and you guys are nuts about saying to took so long. It was already simple. I just get in there and go. I don’t worry about aesthetics, only the content.

    #16 2 years ago

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