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Redesigned PlayStation Store Finally Opens in the UK

Posted by Sammy Barker

Better late than never

Sony has finally launched the revamped PlayStation Store in the UK. The updated digital storefront was originally scheduled to arrive on 17th October, but was delayed due to slow loading and bugs.

We’ve now had a chance to test out the new look, and it definitely seems to organise content in a much more cohesive manner. However, loading times are still problematic, with the store itself taking at least 25 seconds to boot on our connection. Hopefully, that's something that will improve over time.

The platform holder announced yesterday that it had delayed the release of the redesigned PlayStation Store in North America. A spokesperson said that it would not set a new date until it was certain that an “exceptional experience” could be guaranteed.

User Comments (6)



Squiggle55 said:

if the boot-up time doesn't improve from 25 seconds, then absolutely nothing about the new store comes close to being worth it for me. I say this because nothing about the old store bothered me except for the lack of a wishlist.



get2sammyb said:

@Squiggle55 It already has improved for me. After writing the article, I booted it again and it took maybe 10 seconds that time. So it's getting better.

I have to say, I really like the new design. Content seems WAY better organised, and the whole shopping experience is just much more enjoyable. I think the search works well, too, though some people are having issues with it.

My only gripe is that there's still not an easy way to see EVERYTHING that launched during the Store update. You can see Latest Games, Latest Add-ons, etc — but I just want to see everything. All platforms, all types.

If they can integrate that, then I'll be very happy. The new PlayStation Plus section is really good — very organised.



rjejr said:

Well it looks pretty, but I'm not sold on the functionality. I never use the video store (though I have used Vudu, Crackle, Netflix, Mubi and others) so I don't need to see it front and center, though if I'm Sony I suppose I'ld advertise it that way. I am a PS+ member so I don't like how that got buried under games, I'm surprised it didn't get in that first column under New. And I really did not like having to go thru 6 six clicks to DL a demo. (Yes I counted 6 as the first 1 seemed to take forever so I DL a 2nd one.) And even after those 6 clicks it seemed like it still didn't start to DL and I had to go click on something else to tell it to DL. It was only 3 clicks on the old store and it just happened. And why under the header "Collections' does it not list the demos along with all the games? Seems like a major over-site there. I guess at this point I feel like they could have simply improved the current structure rather than a complete haul which seems like much more work to find stuff. Though I do like the sort and filter options, but again they could have just added them to the old design.

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