Rumours have been flying around of a PlayStation store redesign and as of today, those rumours have been confirmed by Sony.
The aim of the new PlayStation design is to make the experience a cleaner and smoother one than that of the one we’ve had since the launch of the PS3 in 2007. Everything is going to be redesigned to fit everything in it’s own section. PS3 games, Vita games, PSP games, PS2 Classics and PSone Classics will have their own designation on the store and will no longer just cram everything together. PS1 and PS2 games will be placed in a “Classic Section”.
The store is now more focused on the games so the old blue background is gone and done with, each page will have a Hero concept it’s designed around. One character from a game will have the page designed around him with separate windows for separate games such as you can see below. The search engine has been completely overhauled with players typing a letter and a list appearing ensuring that you won’t have to type full words anymore to find the content you want. The most popular content will be the first that comes up but if you’re looking for other content, it will be in the same list only lower down. If looking for an add-on, they will be displayed as an off-shoot from the main product allowing you to see everything available.
You’ll be able to sort games by price, name, bundles, play type (singleplayer/multiplayer). The idea is that you’ll be able to find things quickly without having to trawl though list after list. The right hand side of the page features all of the latest trailers, screenshots and videos that give a description of what it contains. You also be able to jump straight into separate pages for trailers, add-ons etc. Said pages will also have a shortcut back to the parent product cutting out the need to back track.
The new PlayStation store will come in an update to the UK and Europe next week on the 17th of October with the North American coming on the 23rd. More details will be released soon.
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