Sony reveals new PlayStation Store [Update]

New store live from next week in Europe.

October 11, 2012 / 09:25 AM EDT / (@salromano)

Sony Computer Entertainment unveiled a new look for its PlayStation 3 PlayStation Store during a press event in London yesterday.

The overhaul will add increased functionality, a redesigned UI, and sections for games, movies and TV content on the main page. The new look revolves around a “Hero” concept, which places high-profile characters, such as Connor from Assassin’s Creed III or Lionel Messi from FIFA 13, on each page alongside windows of new titles and highlighted content.

The store’s search function has also been improved. Similar to Google Instant, it now begins providing a list of options as each letter is typed. Common misspellings and abbreviations, such as “MW3″ or “Mas Efect,” will also be covered.

“What will be refreshing to customers is that this will represent a new agile program that will enable us to add new content every month or so, rather than dumping the new content and saying we’re done,” said PlayStation Store product development manager Elliot Dumville.

Games are now grouped with their content. For example, a Call of Duty: Black Ops page will show all of its demos, full games, download content, and themes, alongside screenshots and recommendations for other Call of Duty content. Movie content also works in this fashion.

The new design will launch first in Europe on Wednesday, October 17, and in North America on Tuesday, October 23.

Thanks, VG247.

Update 6:20 p.m.: Here are some shots of the U.S. PlayStation Store:

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  • AuroraXIII

    Looks great. I hope we can sort our download history.

    • Michael Garling

      This – so sick of having to scroll to the bottom of 200-something items now to find earlier things I downloaded back in ’08.  It’s gotten to a point where I leave certain DLC/PSN games downloaded permanently just because I don’t want to have to go scrolling again if I ever want to replay them.

      Not only that, but a while back I kept having this issue where, if I scrolled down too fast, at about the 50th item or so it would just start repeating itself, and many of my purchases/downloads wouldn’t even show up.

      • AuroraXIII

        I’ve read some more into it, and it seems Sony will be addressing this in the future:

        “One thing that was made clear during the presentation was that this is just the first step in a larger programme of changes. Here Sony wanted to get the core basics of the new design in place, with a whole host of further functionality yet to arrive over the coming months. Things like adding filters and sorting the often painfully huge Download List are on the list of things, much to many peoples’ delight, I’m sure.”

        Via http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2012/10/11/new-playstation-store-impressions-details-and-information/

  • FaithlessMr

    Looks super sexy.

  • DrForbidden

    Ugh.

    So basically it’s now a copy of Marketplace.

    I personally don’t see what was wrong with the previous Store. In fact, it was one of the reasons why I prefer the PSN Store to Marketplace.

    • Skerj

      Going to have to agree with you there. If they were going to redesign the store again, wish they’d have done something a bit more unique than chase after Metro. Granted I do like the Metro UI (not on 360 since all it does is give me more damn ads) but it’s Microsoft’s thing. 

  • thethunderbear

    About time, looking forward to checking it out. Xbox Marketplace has come a long way from it’s roots, I think MS has done a good job there. But I like the aesthetics of this better going by the pictures. Hope the functionality is good.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I really like the new design. One thing I always liked about the Xbox LIVE Marketplace was that it had game pages for every game, with all the content for said game on that page. Sony’s current store has something like that, but it’s a bit unorganized and messy. Looking at the F1 2012 screenshot, it seems they’ve fixed that.

    • Kobracon

      Hey, sry to be the spelling nazi but you spelled Sections as “Sectiions”. Great article otherwise ^_^

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        Spelling nazis are the only nazis I enjoy.

        • Kobracon

          (^_^)b

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    About damn time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720552713 Paulo Campos

    messi shit

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    I’m not sure what I think. It looks very tablet like…

    I think it just has to grow on me. 

    • fireemblembeast

      Omg you’re right it does! I thought it looked familiar…

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Added some shots of the U.S. Store.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    looks odd,need hands on

  • PrinceHeir

    no browser version :=

    • KurisuMakise

      By chance has this been suggested in the PlayStation Share yet? Just makes sense with PS Mobile released…

  • EspadaKiller

    Looks great. Kinda like the 360′s marketplace but that’s the point. I like it ;)

  • Kobracon

    Hey if this reaches my region and means I no longer have to wait 2-3 months after the US release for it to be available on MY PSN, then hell to the YES!