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New PlayStation Store coming October 17, 23 to Europe, N. America

Sony is sprucing up its PlayStation Store, with a new look and improved functionality in customer-facing areas. The company showed off the upcoming changes, slated to hit October 17 in PAL-format areas and October 23 in North America, at a press event in London today attended by VG24/7.

The storefront itself is the most obvious change, which has been redesigned to take better advantage of both widescreen and standard definition formats. The main listings will intersperse various characters from relevant games throughout the horizontal-scrolling carousel, with easier to find categories specifically for games, movies and TV shows.

The most welcome news for users less than impressed by the old store, however, might be improved search functionality and categories that more clearly present PlayStation 3-centric content when viewed from a PS3. The search now intelligently presents options based on current input, and can account for common abbreviations like MW3 and typos. Listings can now also be filtered by price, as well as content type and peripheral support.

The store will also have more "agile" support for updates, allowing new content to be slotted in regularly instead of in infrequent chunks.

5 comments

  • FlagrantPilgrim - October 12, 2012 2:44 a.m.

    I get a bad feeling when someone says he's to fix what isn't broken. PS Store wasn't exactly pretty, but it was easy to understand and perfectly functional.
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 11, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    Looks pretty slick. Hope it isn't to difficult to navigate.
  • Cyberninja - October 11, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    I don't know what I think about this since it looks like the popular games of the time will take center stage if this has a way to customize it to your prefences automaticly I will be happy and welcome it.
  • Shadowsedge117 - October 11, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    Please let this mean we can play Portable Ops on the Vita soon. That being said, I'd say this change is welcome so long as it performs well. Looking forward to checking it out myself.
  • BladedFalcon - October 11, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    Sounds good to me, specially since the store has been pretty much the same for the last 3 years. And improved search functionality is definitely welcomed. Not sure if the new update approach will be for the better or worse... Why not make it so updates are unobtrusive, eh Sony?

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