Playstation Store Makeover screenshots

#1 Edited by handlas (2661 posts) -

Saw this this morning; seems no one has posted anything about it... maybe? Haven't seen it on other gaming sites either so maybe it's not even legit... (edit: nevermind looks like joystiq posted it a little while after as well)

I'm mainly a PS user so it's nice to see the store get a fresh coat of paint. I like the aesthetics of the 360 dashboard more but the ads ruin it. Looks like PSN may be following suit but at least all the big picture ads are for games to purchase. I think it's about time... isn't this the first major overhaul of the store design? I can't really remember what it looked like when the PS3 first came out.

Via Videogamer.com

http://www.videogamer.com/features/gallery/this_is_the_new_playstation_store.html?sid=1551 (more screenshots there)

#2 Posted by davo (141 posts) -

I remember the first version of the PlayStation Store being just a website, and it was ugly to look at and navigate.

#3 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (458 posts) -

Yeah the current version definitely was not what it launched with. I don't mind the current setup but if they want to make it better, good on them.

#4 Posted by living4theday258 (678 posts) -

why did this remind me of the skyrim inventory menu?

#5 Posted by Demoskinos (14574 posts) -

That looks awful but hey... I don't hardly buy anything from PSN so won't have to deal with it.

#6 Posted by awesomeusername (4154 posts) -

@handlas: Don't know when you made this thread but this story was on Gameinformer.com all day.

On topic, I think it looks much better then the current Store. Comes out the 23rd too so I can't wait to check it out.

#7 Posted by handlas (2661 posts) -

It is very dark... might just be dependent on what ads they use tho. Like now, they have different sort of themes that cover the background. Maybe not though because the white text has to show up on dark backgrounds I suppose.

#8 Posted by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

I already think it looks way better functionally speaking.

#9 Edited by handlas (2661 posts) -

@awesomeusername said:

@handlas: Don't know when you made this thread but this story was on Gameinformer.com all day.

On topic, I think it looks much better then the current Store. Comes out the 23rd too so I can't wait to check it out.

Ya it was on Videogamer this morning as well but no one seemed to care so thought I would post it up (I work all day so now is the time that I can!)...

I suppose I can't really say yay or nay to it until I see it in action tho.

#10 Posted by awesomeusername (4154 posts) -

@handlas said:

@awesomeusername said:

@handlas: Don't know when you made this thread but this story was on Gameinformer.com all day.

On topic, I think it looks much better then the current Store. Comes out the 23rd too so I can't wait to check it out.

Ya it was on Videogamer this morning as well but no one seemed to care so thought I would post it up (I work all day so now is the time that I can!)...

I suppose I can't really say yay or nay to it until I see it in action tho.

EXCUSES! I'm joking. Makes sense though. I never really liked the layout for the PS Store, but this one looks neat and easier to scroll around according to the above picture.

#11 Posted by devilzrule27 (1239 posts) -

Looks nice and clean. We'll see how it actually navigates. An despite the bland nature of the current store it's still probably the easiest of the consoles to actually find shit though that isn't saying much. Anywho don't fuck that up Sony.

#12 Posted by ImaTreee (209 posts) -

looks alright

#13 Posted by Pudge (869 posts) -

That looks like it makes a lot more sense then the current layout, I just hope they make it load a little faster. Nothing is more of a bummer then waiting minutes for your PS+ free games menu to load in pictures before you can hit anything.

#14 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

I like it not that I have any problem with the current one it's fairly easy to find stuff is just not intuitive enough.

#15 Posted by probablytuna (3546 posts) -

Looks ok. I don't know, I guess I'm kinda used to the current one.

#16 Edited by handlas (2661 posts) -

Ah well now the Playstation Blog has some better screenshots.

Ya... very much looking like the 360 dashboard there. And the place to get all your Resident Evil stuff! Oh Resident Evil 5 for free. Nice.

#17 Posted by Zella (704 posts) -

Looks like they took notes from the 360 dash and even Google Play Market. When it comes to ads the current one is pretty heavy, like 75% of the main page is ads, so this one doesn't seem that bad.

#18 Posted by JasonR86 (9609 posts) -

I don't care what it looks like. I just want it to be more responsive and faster.

#19 Posted by PokeIkzai (385 posts) -

About time. I'm kind of excited for a change. I really hope they reorganize the downloaded section because as of right now its a pain for me to just view what content I actually have.

#20 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1724 posts) -

i want my light blue back! and it hasn't even gone yet

#21 Posted by Damodar (1302 posts) -

Hopefully this will be a PSN wide thing and not just for certain stores. The Australian Store is TERRIBLE and has been for so long. It was depressing to go on the US store occasionally and see how much better that was in terms of the layout etc. The Australian one can be so hard to deal with, it's really poor.

#22 Posted by Nightriff (4915 posts) -

As long as it navigates and loads quicker (probably won't) then I'm fine. The store has changed but not by much....

#23 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

Better, but still bland.

#24 Posted by Hizang (8533 posts) -

Why won't they just keep it, it's fine as is, if it isn't broke don't fix it.
Many people always complain about the store, but I have no problems. Reccently they fucked up the PS+ section, instead of showing you everything new with PS+ they sub categorise everything. That would be cool but there's no "What's New" section.

#25 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

About time

#26 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

It looks very Xbox-ey, same font?

I prefer the look of the old one already, just hope it actually improves some things unlike the 360 dashboards.

#27 Posted by crazyleaves (640 posts) -

It looks great. I'm glad they're showing more art, the one gripe I have about the PSN store is it all looks like clip art. Weird, I know.

#28 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3038 posts) -

@Sooty: Ah man, hopefully I can find where the games are if its more xbox live.

#29 Posted by Meltac (1999 posts) -

Fucking finally. No matter what they do, it won't be worse than the current store.

#30 Posted by djou (858 posts) -

Although the design is important, I hope to God to they improve the search functionality.

Especially in terms of sorting your search results. The other day I was trying to buy a digital download on PSN for Little Big Planet 1 since I no longer have my physical copy, and the search results was spammed by a hundred LBP avatars I couldn't filter out. After 5 minutes I realized it wasn't even available.

My downloads list also has hundreds of downloads I can't sort. Even a basic alphabetical sort would help. Its completely stupid that the list appears chronological especially nowadays when games have multiple DLC packages that you are downloading over the course of months. I have 10+ Mass Effect downloads on my list. If I needed to download the game again it would make much more sense if I had the option to download game and DLC together instead of scrolling through the list and finding all the DLC/patches separately.

#31 Posted by Marcsman (3120 posts) -

The PSN store is pretty bad. Navigating through it is a chore. It can only improve I hope.

#32 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10496 posts) -

But I liked the old one! Curses!

#33 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1532 posts) -

It looks like they're making the process of drilling down through sub-categories a lot more streamlined and intuitive, which is nice. The images along the right side of this shot sure do remind me of the of last Xbox dashboard design (NXE?), but those look like canned promo shots and not actual interface elements.

#34 Edited by SomeJerk (3145 posts) -

It's live in (most parts of) Europe now, looks nice fancy and up to date with other Sony stuff, quicker and easier to browse around than I expected. Intelligently designed, and it's so very nice to not see any ads or non-game stuff anywhere.
 
(Tokyo Jungle is the #3 best seller and wow, this is flat out faster to use than the past PSN store in many areas)
 
e: Cannot add credit cards or funds apparently?

#35 Posted by Quarters (1633 posts) -

Looks cool.

#36 Posted by Imsorrymsjackson (855 posts) -

Glad about this, I hate the current interface.

#37 Edited by Khessed (91 posts) -

The new Playstation Store is TERRIBLE!!

So I tried to see if the new Walking Dead episode was out, (live in the EU) but daunted by the new, obscure layout, I decided to use the search function. That didn't work well, since that only ended up listing Rock band songs with the word "Walk" in it. Weird, since they should at least list the previous episodes. So then I went to the Game add-on page (since the new episode is an add-on) and I couldn't find it, despite the fact the icon for the Walking Dead is RIGHT THERE on the add-on button! So I give up and decide to take a look at the new (full game) releases for the week. Turns out the new episode was there...

HOW! WHAT'S THIS I DON'T EVEN.

Also, when you wanna download things, you HAVE TO put it in the shopping cart and check all the items out as a whole. Maybe some focus test turned up that most users do that anyway but yech. since going through the shopping cart is a 5 button-press-process of getting your shit downloaded, it's just so sluggish.

UI design at its worst. They didn't even announce this change anywhere on the Playstation service, at all. Neither did my fav game sites so I'll have to assume Sony didn't release a press statement or anything. This and their import PSOne games not running on the speed they should (they run at 50hz, not 60 as ADVERTISED) make me wanna turn away from Sony and pass on the next console.

/endrant. (sorry, I'll calm the eff down now >.>)

#38 Edited by ProfessorEss (7281 posts) -

Looks great.

HEAVILY influenced by Microsoft's Metro, but it looks great.

#39 Posted by SomeJerk (3145 posts) -

This is not heavily influenced by metro or even slightly influenced by metro. This look and design has been used in the past, most recently by one of Sony's own PS3 video applets.

#40 Posted by SomeJerk (3145 posts) -
@Khessed said:
This and their import PSOne games not running on the speed they should (they run at 50hz, not 60 as ADVERTISED) make me wanna turn away from Sony and pass on the next console.
The way things are, right now they have to make sure everything can run on a 50hz CRT built long before 1995 over a composite video cable. With the next generation of PAL machines they have to chance of saying "thank you and good riddance" like Nintendo have with the WiiU, the first console to include a HDMI cable as a standard offer, and apparently as the only A/V cable. Backwards compatible online titles for PAL regions may remain 50hz in the next generation because France, Germany and Spain have something against learning the English language ever.
#41 Edited by Khessed (91 posts) -

@SomeJerk said:

@Khessed said:
This and their import PSOne games not running on the speed they should (they run at 50hz, not 60 as ADVERTISED) make me wanna turn away from Sony and pass on the next console.
The way things are, right now they have to make sure everything can run on a 50hz CRT built long before 1995 over a composite video cable. With the next generation of PAL machines they have to chance of saying "thank you and good riddance" like Nintendo have with the WiiU, the first console to include a HDMI cable as a standard offer, and apparently as the only A/V cable. Backwards compatible online titles for PAL regions may remain 50hz in the next generation because France, Germany and Spain have something against learning the English language ever.

See here's the thing. I'm talking about games PSN lists as being import games (US or Japan). Examples offered in the EU PSN store are Alundra, Klonoa and Tomba. They're advertised, in store, that they run at 60 hz cause that's how these imports are intended. They run at 50hz on the PS3 (HDMI) but 60hz on the PSP, appearantly. So they don't work as intended. I see your point but that's not the way Sony presents the whole thing. But that's a conversation best left in a different topic, not this one :)

#42 Posted by SomeJerk (3145 posts) -
@Khessed: ohhh, I've seen that BS case of theirs brought up on other forums :(
 
For the lucky ones - The melodies we hummed of games in the past in Europe while growing up, were all 17.5% slower than what they were meant to be. We knew only our PAL 50hz timing, and not the correct timing things were meant to run on. We're willing to do a lot of dirty deeds to get our 60hz fix.
#43 Posted by Khessed (91 posts) -

@SomeJerk said:

@Khessed: ohhh, I've seen that BS case of theirs brought up on other forums :( For the lucky ones - The melodies we hummed of games in the past in Europe while growing up, were all 17.5% slower than what they were meant to be. We knew only our PAL 50hz timing, and not the correct timing things were meant to run on. We're willing to do a lot of dirty deeds to get our 60hz fix.

This, exactly. I was contemplating sending a PM to Patrick, see if he can't shed some light on the issue and maybe add some media pressure to the whole thing but I dunno if it would matter.

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