More bitching about PS3

Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1045 posts) -

Since last post, I have played quite a lot with my PS3 and it is slowly warming up to me.  Still, I have to ask this question: Why the hell is the PSN store so f***ing retarted? 
First thing I noticed is that EU-version of the shop has no no "demo" -section. Combine that with bad search tools and stupid categorizing of the content, this means that in order to find demos, you really have to make  an US -account. 
 
Second thing I have noticed is that PSN service is buggy as shit sandwich thrown into middle of ant hive. Error code this, error code that. First time I tried to use prepaid card "add to the wallet" -  option blinked for 15 minutes and during that time system did not respond to any button presses. After waiting all that time only thing I received was an error message.  After trying couple of more times, I gave up. Then when next time I tried to re-enter the code, I noticed money had been added to my "wallet" - despite the fact that every attempt ended in error message.  Time to buy some games? NO! Now PSN had issues confirming the purchase. 
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!
Now, I have used xbox live -services quite a lot and never ever had any problems, so my question is: Is PSN service really this bad or am I just having bad luck?  

#1 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1045 posts) -

Since last post, I have played quite a lot with my PS3 and it is slowly warming up to me.  Still, I have to ask this question: Why the hell is the PSN store so f***ing retarted? 
First thing I noticed is that EU-version of the shop has no no "demo" -section. Combine that with bad search tools and stupid categorizing of the content, this means that in order to find demos, you really have to make  an US -account. 
 
Second thing I have noticed is that PSN service is buggy as shit sandwich thrown into middle of ant hive. Error code this, error code that. First time I tried to use prepaid card "add to the wallet" -  option blinked for 15 minutes and during that time system did not respond to any button presses. After waiting all that time only thing I received was an error message.  After trying couple of more times, I gave up. Then when next time I tried to re-enter the code, I noticed money had been added to my "wallet" - despite the fact that every attempt ended in error message.  Time to buy some games? NO! Now PSN had issues confirming the purchase. 
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!
Now, I have used xbox live -services quite a lot and never ever had any problems, so my question is: Is PSN service really this bad or am I just having bad luck?  

#2 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

Wow, I've never dealt with any of that. In fact, I've never had an issue with it. Then again, I usually only go to the store to browse, so I go through games alphabetically by choice, because I'm pretty much just window shopping. 
 
Also, the error might be that you're using a region-specific card in a PSN store for a different region. I can't confirm or deny this, as I've done no testing, but I wouldn't exactly rule it out as a possibility.

#3 Posted by GunstarRed (5294 posts) -

Ive had the error code stuff in the past, It just sorted itself out eventually. The store isn't that bad though it used to be much worse years ago.
#4 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1045 posts) -
@example1013: 
No it is not region thing. I know that PSN cards are country specific. Issue is with Finnish card, on Finnish account on Finnish console.
#5 Posted by ESREVER (2700 posts) -

Never had any of those problems with the US PSN. Unfortunate other regions have to deal with such shoddy service.

#6 Posted by DetectiveSpecial (466 posts) -

I'm in America, but have an EU PSN account for exclusive demos and the like. The American PSN works fine for me, and the layout is either good, or just something I am used to. Aside from occasionally terrible download speeds, I have no complaints. 
The EU store sucks. Hard. You are absolutely right about the layout - it makes no sense whatsoever. I assumed that connection problems were simply due to my accessing the store outside of its territory, but if you're having problems with it, I assume that the entire thing is just poorly run. 
I find it odd that the market in which Sony enjoys the biggest share has the worst storefront. 

#7 Posted by xyzygy (10029 posts) -

I really do hate browsing the PSN store but it's only because I'm so used to XBL. I find it so convoluted. But I have never had any of the other issues you mentioned...

#8 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

I used to get error messages, and get booted offline. So I disabled the Media Server Connection in the Network Settings bar, and everything has worked perfectly ever since. That's probably not your problem, but I thought it couldn't hurt to check.

#9 Edited by Example1013 (4834 posts) -
@charlie_victor_bravo: Maybe they hate Finland. 
 
EDIT: and I didn't realize the stores were different. I figured the EU store would be just the American store, but with more languages. I can't help you there.
#10 Posted by animateria (3253 posts) -

US PSN store is totally fine. In fact I think the layout is a bit better than the 360. 
 
Kinda weird that the EU version is messed up.

#11 Posted by Skald (4369 posts) -

I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

#12 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1045 posts) -
@PrivateIronTFU: 
Thank you, good sir.
Disabling media server worked instantly. I am of to play some PixelJunk Shooter.
#13 Posted by Nasar7 (2730 posts) -

As others have said, that's pretty odd. I didn't think the EU store would be any different from the US/JP stores which are basically the same but in their respective languages. I like the way the US PSN store is set up a lot, its very logical and categorized.

#14 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -
@charlie_victor_bravo said:
" @PrivateIronTFU:  Thank you, good sir. Disabling media server worked instantly. I am of to play some PixelJunk Shooter. "
Hey, my advice finally helped somebody! Good stuff! You're welcome!
#15 Posted by Gaff (1812 posts) -

There's a reason why I stick to the "What's New" category. Trying to figure out what arbitrary genre a game is filed under is an exercise in frustration and confusion on the PSN Store.

And the various local markets (UK, Western Europe, France, Germany, Scandinavia) makes for a very fragmented experience. Take a look at the weekly Store Updates on the EU Playstation Blog and shudder at how often content is split between regions.

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