Sony recently revealed that the PlayStation Network Store will get a major overhaul that will be changed from the core and out. Apparently, the redesign goes further into the technology behind the application promising for a speedier delivery of information.
According to Sony, the store has been revamped with a powerful new search capability designed to predict what you are looking for with only a few letters. The PSN Store currently offers more than 20,000 pieces of game-related DLCs and more than 100,000 videos, movies and TV shows.
With so much content, its becoming even more imperative that users be able to easily find what they are looking for. According to TheSixthAxis, in an interview with the folks behind the PSN Store, the newly resigned interface is a culmination of user feedback and research the PSN guys have learned over the past two years.
The menus will be rotating in a carousel manner, similar to how Netflix displays movies on its app. Users will be able to filter searches down by price, online features, user ratings and platform. The search has been designed to ensure that users can lookup titles without the need for the virtual keyboard.
Elliott Dumville, product development manager for PSN Store stated:
…for search in particular, keyboard or otherwise, we really wanted to make sure that a consumer never really has to enter more than three or four characters before they get to what they’re looking for. We think we’ve kind of delivered on that.
The store was developed using HTML5 so that the PSN Store team can enhance the app seamlessly without the need for major firmware updates.
The PSN Store update will arrive October 17th in Europe and 23rd for the US.
In other news, Shacknews reports that SingStar may be going Free-to-Play after discovering that the the free viewer app has been discontinued. The SingStar viewer app allowed users without SingStar to watch karaoke performances by others.
However, a new message has been spotted when launching the viewer stating:
Support for the SingStar Viewer has been discontinued. The complete SingStar experience will be available as a free download very soon!
A tweet from SingStarHQ teases some big news next week, prompting many to speculate that the title may be going F2P. Its conceivable that the title will be free allowing users to purchase karaoke titles a la carte or in packs.