A brand new interface has been unveiled for the PlayStation Store on
PlayStation 3, and will land on October 17 in Europe and October 23 in
the United States. The interface, which is described as a "step change"
by Sony, gives the home store screen a new tile-based interface that
scrolls sideways, groups content by title, and offers a new search
feature, among other things.
The PlayStation Store will now be categorised by platform via a
navigation bar on the left of the screen, with Vita content sitting
separately to PS3 content. There are also more options for discovering
content, sorting it by genre, price (?9.99 or under, for example), or
even accessory, such as guitar or microphone.
The new PlayStation Store has also received a search update that Sony
claims makes searching for content easier than before. The old keyboard
is gone, replaced with a scrollable selection of letters. With each
letter entered, results are delivered, while letters that are irrelevant
are removed from the list. Sony claims that it wants users to be able
to find anything on the store with a maximum of three letters. The
search engine has also been designed to float the most popular content
to the top of the results list.
The recommendation and basket system has also been updated. When
browsing titles, gamers can see "recommended" items which the store
believes may be of interest. Users can also add many items to the basket
and purchase them in one go, while anything added to the basket and not
purchased remains there. In addition, the main page for each game also
houses trailers and screenshots which are streamed in high-definition
through the store itself. Read More