What do you think about the new Playstation Store?

#1 Edited by Hizang (8534 posts) -

The Playstation Store has launched in certain territories, do you like it?

I like it, it has a nice first impression. It looks like it has soul now, before it was basically a bunch of box's that somebody made in an office document. Now there are nice pieces of game artwork everywhere, not just for new releases but i saw a Solid Snake in there too.

#2 Posted by zels (204 posts) -

@Hizang said:

The Playstation Store has launched in certain territories, do you like it?

Is it out in the EU region?

#3 Edited by Hizang (8534 posts) -

@zels: Yup.

Well the UK, not sure about any other places.

#4 Posted by EVO (3781 posts) -

Form over function.

#5 Posted by zels (204 posts) -

@Hizang said:

@zels: Yup.

Well the UK, not sure about any other places.

I've just checked it out. Quite nice overall. Still can't understand why "Latest" isn't called "New Releases" and why there aren't "top rated" and "top selling" sections (is it combined into "top games?", well it should be separate). I don't like how the "O" button brings you back to the previous screen and not back to the menu.

Anyway, it's much better than the previous version.

#6 Edited by Grissefar (2843 posts) -

It sucks pretty much a giant dick.

It crashed 4 times, in 4 different ways before it finally worked, then I tried to download a demo. It took a million clicks going through a bunch of steps of adding it to the cart, adding $0 to my account, reviewing my transaction and all kinds of shit before I finally thought it was done and downloading. Turns out, I also had to go to my download list to actually download it.

It was one of the biggest shits I ever took.

Also, with an ad filling half the screen, it can be very awkward to browse a two row menu.

#7 Posted by Freshbandito (611 posts) -

I hate it, like an actual seething cauldron of disgust for the new layout, it seems to take a noticable amount of time for your brain to even process the information buried within the awful 'my first graphic design' looking backdrop and layout. I actively hate it and want the old one back dammit!

#8 Posted by damnboyadvance (4054 posts) -

It looks beautiful, but that's about it for the good stuff. It's extremely frustrating just to go through and download anything, even the free stuff. You have to go through at least 3 menus to purchase something, even the free stuff.

I also hate how it doesn't load as quickly. Before, the Playstation Store would load in about 5 seconds, and you could exit the store just as quickly. Now, it takes about 20-30 seconds to load the store, and just as long to exit it.

#9 Posted by ManU_Fan10ne (662 posts) -

Well, as of now, nothing comes on. It opens, does the the sound thing and then....nothing. If it works, and I press the downloads/search/store it tells me that I have no connection (when I go to search) and just doesnt work for the rest.

I was really looking forward to the new store, especially towards an updated PS+ menu, but as of now I am really disappointed.

#10 Posted by jgf (366 posts) -

I like it. It looks much nicer now. They can still improve some categories and menus, but in all its a step in the right direction. But from where they came from any step would have been in the right direction... Now they should focus on timely releases *cough* cs go *cough*

#11 Posted by Gnubberen (734 posts) -

@damnboyadvance said:

It looks beautiful, but that's about it for the good stuff. It's extremely frustrating just to go through and download anything, even the free stuff. You have to go through at least 3 menus to purchase something, even the free stuff.

I also hate how it doesn't load as quickly. Before, the Playstation Store would load in about 5 seconds, and you could exit the store just as quickly. Now, it takes about 20-30 seconds to load the store, and just as long to exit it.

Pretty much this.... Oh and the search is way better than the old version, which is nice.

#12 Posted by GunstarRed (4730 posts) -

I think it's a pain to use. I hate how I have to go through a couple more steps just to get something to download in the background. (unless i'm missing something?)

#13 Posted by SurferZ (92 posts) -

I like the look and the new interface, but it really needs to up it's performance. Moving up and down has a noticeable delay.

#14 Edited by handlas (2545 posts) -

Well... I only played with it for a few minutes but my impression is its a bit worse version of the 360 dashboard. Some of it felt a bit clunky the way it transitions from menus and screens. The look is an improvement but the functions need refining compared to the previous store design.

#15 Edited by ThunderSlash (1367 posts) -

It looks nice, but it feels a bit laggy. Also, I don't think there is a good way to navigate to a game's page now without using the search function. Unless I'm being dumb and missed something.

Edit: It would be nice if there is a "Stuff I own" section, with all the stuff I've purchased in a nicely organized list like how Steam does it.

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#16 Edited by Commander_Crichton (149 posts) -

There's a trailer for Most Wanted on the Borderlands 2 page. Other than having little oddities like that, the store is much nicer looking but way too fucking slow.

#17 Posted by Zekhariah (694 posts) -

It seems a bit better overall, download management in particular seems better. The presentation is very web 2.0, and in this case the overall thing is more navigable.

Load times for pages is bad, but that seems to be an issue with the wifi hardware in the model I have (maybe the slims fixed that?). This improves a lot when it is connected via ethernet. But, it still feels like web-browsing on an old atom netbook (not as bad as the last xbox360 dash though).

#18 Posted by BlatantNinja23 (930 posts) -

Looks better, but it didn't take much for that too be true. There's a nice upgrade to search but beyond that it's not they didn't fix the weird frustrations I've always had. I wish I can explain it, but I just can't think of how. Still prefer using the 360 XBL store. Though I mainly just search nowadays on that as well. Wonder if the vita store will get an update anytime soon.

#19 Posted by DaMaJaDiZ (54 posts) -

It's a bit of a nightmare to search actually. I gave myself a mission of finding all of the sleeping dog dlc by search, and then by menu navigation and I ran into so many dead ends it became frustrating. Why on earth they broke all of the dlc into subcategories that are completely subjective on a game to game basis is beyond me. Finding a page with all of the titles purchasable items was crazy difficult. The search function wasn't any better. Neither the main game, nor the dlc were there. There wasn't an apparent filter between movies and games from step one. And there are extra steps for purchases for no apparent reason, even the free stuff. What used to be a fairly painless method for accessing content has been replaced with a obtuse and bloated mess that is not at all enjoyable to navigate. The video previews for games did work quite nicely though. I'll concede that much.

It might look pretty, but it's five steps backwards in functionality, speed and usability. And personally, I would like the option for a 'lite' version, if not the old one back.

#20 Posted by billyhoush (1187 posts) -

I'm even more confused. As long as it still has a search function. I usually use the ingame store managers for DLC.

#21 Posted by RoBear (53 posts) -

I only very briefly checked it out just to search for GGXXAC+ to see if it was out on psn in NA yet. First impressions aren't good, it ran very slowly and the search function is asinine. They give you a long scroll wheel of letters so you have to scroll through the whole thing to type a word out. It's like going from touch tone phones back to rotary. Smooth.

#22 Edited by ScreamingGhost (201 posts) -

I'll get accustomed to it but it feels bloated and cumbersome. The old store had a simple direct feeling to it but its not like there's any going back now though. Downloading even free stuff is a pain now takes 3 or 4 menus before getting to download. I love my PS3 but this update is the last thing that was necessary.

#23 Posted by Kerned (1168 posts) -

I have only had to use it twice so far, but oh boy do I dislike it. What's the deal with Sony following MS down this road? Is there a shitty interface design illuminati out there trying to ruin my day?

#24 Posted by weavminas (82 posts) -

My first reaction was confusion and anger at this slow thing that I'm not familiar with. My second impulse was to craft a well planned rant on how bad and useless it is. As I was testing my arguments I started to understand the choices that were made. As I found the ways to find what I was looking for I began to question my earlier rage.

Then I tried the "Search" function.

I stand by my initial disgust. It's slow, unnecessary, and has a learning curve. However shallow a curve, it's a store and I shouldn't need a tutorial to by shit.

Positives? The new store is pretty. Since I wasn't planning on using the store after the Borderlands 2 season pass, I'll trade my anger for apathy.

#25 Posted by Fawkes (209 posts) -

Sony has gone from having the best store to having the worst store. This feels like something that was made for a tablet or cell phone. If they had ported the store from the Vita to the PS3 instead it would have been better than this.

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#26 Posted by Spoonman671 (4371 posts) -

I don't know what you guys are talking about.  The new store is significantly faster and more streamlined with this new Skyrim-esque menu.  The only issue I have with it is how many steps there are to the actual purchasing process.  I feel like it warns me that I'm about to buy something about six times before it lets me buy, and then it waits on me to start the download for some reason.  Other than that, it's just a matter of some minor acclimation.

#27 Posted by mikey87144 (1484 posts) -

@Spoonman671 said:

I don't know what you guys are talking about. The new store is significantly faster and more streamlined with this new Skyrim-esque menu. The only issue I have with it is how many steps there are to the actual purchasing process. I feel like it warns me that I'm about to buy something about six times before it lets me buy, and then it waits on me to start the download for some reason. Other than that, it's just a matter of some minor acclimation.

The more I use it that has become my biggest issue. There should be a button next to each game that lets you buy and download the game in, maximum, two steps. Other than that I've grown to like it. It accomplishes what they wanted, successful titles stick out more and more content is visible on screen.

#28 Posted by RobotHamster (4156 posts) -

Just got it the other day, I'm definitely liking the look of it. It just takes a litter longer to get to stuff.

#29 Posted by zerostasis (15 posts) -

@RobotHamster said:

Just got it the other day, I'm definitely liking the look of it. It just takes a litter longer to get to stuff.

Same here. The interface is nice and sleek and all but the layout seems a bit nested in. Though not as nested as the previous one. Loading takes so much time especially when it loads images on the background for the featured games. Though this only happens when my shitty net connection is congested.

#30 Posted by Kierkegaard (556 posts) -

I like how it uses space much better than the old one. I found search and the huge scrolling (not paginated) results really easy to understand and useful. There's something cool about putting in oldest to newest and seeing the progression of PSN from 2006. Downloading ACIII seemed fine. Also liked the streaming videos like a real website thing. Happy with it from minimal use.

#31 Posted by DarthOrange (3497 posts) -

It feels way too slow but being able to stream any trailer before you buy a game is awesome and leads to you being able to brows and impulse buy more easily. Id say it takes five steps forward and two steps back from the old version. Some things are way better, while others way worse.

#32 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

The new store sucks, the search is cumbersome, it doesn't work on remote play and it takes over twice as long to launch.

I wish they'd stop trying to fix stuff that is not broken. On the Vita, it uses a store similar to the 'old' PS3 store, and it's far better.

People saying it's easier to navigate are absolutely crazy or can't have used the old store, I cannot relate at all to such claims.

#33 Posted by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

It looks nice but it certainly has problems. The noise it makes when you select something is horrible, pages take too long to load, and downloading things feels unintuitive.

#34 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2167 posts) -

It's okay but the initial loading into the store takes awhile last time I checked.

#35 Posted by Dolphin_Butter (1910 posts) -

Whenever I use the new store, I think, "The Gran Turismo 5 is strong in this one."

#36 Posted by Burrich (7 posts) -

I like the PC store but hate the new store on PSN. The search is good but overall the store is slow and very much style over substance. Also I really wish that the games were grouped in more ways. The US store is much better than the EU store in this regard.

Still I guess I like the fact that PS+ stuff is so easy to access.

#37 Posted by NiKva (128 posts) -

It looks nice, but its a bit confusing to navigate.

#38 Posted by primalmaster (83 posts) -

I don't hate it as much anymore, now that I know where a lot of stuff is. But it's still a little sluggish. I do like the way the new search function works though.

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