PlayStation Store redesigned with HTML5 and SingStar going Free-to-Play

October 14, 2012

PlayStation Store redesigned with HTML5 and SingStar going Free-to-PlaySony 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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23 Responses to “PlayStation Store redesigned with HTML5 and SingStar going Free-to-Play”

  1. FahKinSuPah:

    “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. ”

    So what? Sounds like Sony is just copying from Google since Google has been doing this for years.

  2. phranctoast:

    Yeah. Sony likely tracked all Google searches to see how the end results looked to make it as spot on as possible.

    Oh wait.. That wasn’t Sony.

  3. CarlB:

    Oh wait.. Sony sloppy thirds.

  4. twilight:

    This update will be better then the ad ridden mess that is the Xbox360 dashboard. This is yet another plus in the growing list of superior Ps3 things. Heil Sony!

  5. oldschool1987:

    That picture if Britney makes me weep for a time when she was the sexiest women of all time (in my eyes). Oh well, we have Lè Chéryl Cole now lol.

    http://www.anorak.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/cheryl-cole-calendar-2012/cheryl-cole-2012-calendar-07-480×647.jpg

    http://static.unrealitytv.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/cheryl-cole-calendar-4.jpg

  6. oldschool1987:

    That picture if Britney makes me weep for a time when she was the sexiest women of all time (in my eyes). Oh well, we have Lè Chéryl Cole now lol.

    http://www.anorak.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/cheryl-cole-calendar-2012/cheryl-cole-2012-calendar-07-480×647.jpg

    h*tp://static.unrealitytv.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/cheryl-cole-calendar-4.jpg

  7. Roca.:

    “Yeah. Sony likely tracked all Google searches to see how the end results looked to make it as spot on as possible.

    Oh wait.. That wasn’t Sony”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA good one Phranc

  8. dans:

    Do I smell another Apple lawsuit?

    http://i.imgur.com/v3xLo.jpg

  9. CarlB:

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/28/apple_sony_sued_over_data_vending_patent.html

    “HAHAHAHAHAHA good one” Sony. Seems they already had their hands full with just storage and distribution, let alone search. “the filing’s issuance pre-dates the launch of Sony’s Playstation Network by over two years.”

    “!”

  10. phranctoast:

    Stupid patent. Only going after Sony and Apple since they’re successful.
    Mp3.com had a music database since 2000 allowing people to unlock CD’s that they owned in MP3.com’s database for play anywhere. Several other music databases existed as well before 2004.

    Since the technology was already in use years prior to the IP being “created” this should just turn out to be a frivolous lawsuit as this tech is the inevitable evolution of technology.

  11. Godless:

    ^ 100% agree

    this is what most of the current law suits fall under.

    Judges should just be kicking these out as bullshit claims.

  12. CarlB:

    “Mp3.com had a music database since 2000 allowing people to unlock CD’s that they owned in MP3.com’s database for play anywhere.”

    The judge, “in the case UMG v. MP3.com, ruled in favor of the record labels against MP3.com and the service on the copyright law provision of ‘making mechanical copies for commercial use without permission from the copyright owner.’ Before damage was awarded, MP3.com settled with plaintiff, UMG Recordings, for $53.4 million, in exchange for the latter’s permission to use its entire music collection. Later, the firm no longer had sufficient funds to weather the technology downturn. MP3.com was subsequently bought and the new owner did not continue the same service.”

    “Several other music databases existed as well before 2004.”

    The patent was filed for in January 2001, and “was sought to reconcile copyright royalty losses due to the unauthorized use of data, usually in the form of ripped CDs or other copied media.”

  13. Roca.:

    Good thing Sony bought Gracenote, the world’s largest database of media content, in 2008…Even iTunes is powered by Gracenote

    Gracenote was founded in 1998

    http://www.gracenote.com/

  14. CarlB:

    Except Gracenote is a database of media data (originally created by users), not a storage depot for media content.

    In light of this, it may be somewhat difficult for them to convince the judge that “a database containing information about the contents of audio compact discs and vinyl records”(Gracenote) is the equivalent of “a data depot for storing one or more data type selected from the group comprising digitised or analogue music, video, games, information, and computer programs; a data dispensing device in communication with the data depot; a uniquely identifiable recordable data carrier configured for recording data from the data dispensing device; and a database for keeping a record of the data recorded by a user onto said data carrier, at least a part of which database is stored remotely from said data carrier.”

  15. phranctoast:

    MP3.come was a pioneer. As a pioneer expect to get sued until the industry can figure out a way to make as much money from you as possible. This also happened with Napster which came later.

    The point remains. They had a music database a few years prior to the patent, making this claim look ridiculous.

    “The patent was filed for in January 2001″

    From your link……
    “An inventor is suing Apple and Sony claiming that the two companies’ respective online media distribution systems infringe on a data vending patent issued in 2004″

    Now if you want to eliminate all data, web storage space has been available as long as the internet existed. Cloud storage has been around for some time. They just recently gave it a new name.

    Maybe this guy can sue MySpace too why he’s at it. Another one that existed prior to the 2004 patent.

  16. Roca.:

    “Maybe this guy can sue MySpace too why he’s at it”

    and Steam, Facebook, Android, Vudu, Amazon, etc

    There are probably many ways to work around the patent. Sony is not losing any sleep over it

  17. CarlB:

    They weren’t sued because they were a “pioneer”, they were sued because they broke copyright law. Expect to get sued if you violate copyright law.

    Now if the patent case is as simple as you say (which I highly doubt) and there is nothing more to it, then the guy pays out of pocket. Unless he has a case.

    As for the patent itself, it’s possible that even though it was issued in 2004 it can be judged effective as early as the filing date of Jan 2001, or even earlier, dependent upon evidence brought forth.

    In other words, it depends on a whole lot more information than is available to you or I at this time. He may or may not have (or have had, it was assigned to another judge in July) a case.

  18. phranctoast:

    “They weren’t sued because they were a “pioneer”, they were sued because they broke copyright law. Expect to get sued if you violate copyright law.”

    This is one of those times I really can’t agree with the industry.

    You verified that you had the CD by the PC reading a code imprinted on the CD (couldn’t use burned CD’s) which unlocked that album under your profile.

    Nothing different than many companies are doing today.

    I bring up the pioneer aspect as back then the record industry was in a panic, and suing everyone was just the way, regardless as to whether or not they’re right or wrong.

  19. CarlB:

    “This is one of those times I really can’t agree with the industry.”

    If you had been the judge who had seen all the evidence then that might have mattered.

    I think there may be just a wee bit more security today lol.

    Legal is legal, you either have a case or not.

  20. phranctoast:

    Don’t believe there was a judgement, but yeah. That was a nice asshole way of saying my opinion doesn’t matter.

    Go fuck youself.

  21. CarlB:

    I meant “mattered” as far as the case has been or is being handled. In this regard, my opinion matters as little as yours does.

    Try not to take everything so personally.

  22. phranctoast:

    I’m not an idiot and I can realize when I am being insulted. Like I said. Go fuck yourself.

  23. CarlB:

    Obviously you cannot.

    Have a great day.

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