Earlier this morning the new PS Store was unveiled to press, and at the time not much was known, now though – thanks to VG247 – we now know some more about what to expect from the update.
As you can see from the images released this morning, the changes are focused a lot more on the visual side of the store – presumably to help highlight new content and reduce the stages it takes to get to it.
Despite it being highly visual, with lots of writing too, the Store redesign scales, therefore those running on an SD connection can still benefit from the new look without having to squint endlessly.
Apparently this redesign is rooted in the concept of having a “Hero” in the store. This means that high-profile characters like Commander Shepard or Connor from Assassin’s Creed III will be on pages alongside highlighted content.
Unlike Microsoft’s approach of scrolling vertically through content – although that’s gone in the Windows 8 dashboard update – Sony’s new store will revolve left to right on a “carousel set-up” so content is easily accessible.
The biggest change, aside from aesthetics, is the new smart search function. Working in a similr way to Google’s auto-complete searches, it offers suggestions based on what you’re typing letter by letter. Nicely spelling mistakes and abbreviations are covered in this new system, so if you’re lazy or inept you can still find the content you’re looking for. It’ll also be improved over the coming months according to PS Store product development manager Elliot Dumville.
“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,” said Dumville.
You’ll even have more options when it comes to finding exactly what you want with improved filtering. Now you can search by price, content type and even peripherals – so you know exactly what PS Move games you’ll be able to play.
PSP and PS Vita content has also be separated from the PS3 content so those only browsing for PS3 titles can find what they want without wading through formats they aren’t interested in. Search will still find content for every format though, and it isn’t known if the PS Store update will come to PS Vita and PSP too, but that seems unlikely.
Content is also grouped together, meaning you’ll click onto a game of your choice and see all the related content for it – such as add-ons, themes, screens, demos etc.; something that Microsoft’s Xbox Live Marketplace does.
The new store will hit next week in PAL regions on Wednesday October 17th. It’ll hit the US on Tuesday October 23rd.