Just a few months ago Sony released the all new PlayStation Store, which looks significantly better than the old store. However, the performance of the store was something that never really got ironed out. It appears that Sony is addressing this in the latest update.
Previews of the new Store shown prior to release revealed a blazing HTML5 based app. However upon release the app slowed to a crawl once everyone downloaded and started using it. While, page loads did improve over time, it still felt a bit sluggish.
With the latest update to version 1.02, the PlayStation Store received an impressive speed boost. Now when you click on a section the page pops up instantly, allowing you to switch back and forth between pages quickly as probably intended.
US based PS3 owners will also be happy to know that the Web based version of the PlayStation Store will become available later this month. This isn’t a new feature as its existed over in Europe, but oddly has been MIA here in the States.
Shawn Layden, COO of Sony Network Entertainment told CNET that the Web based store allows user to sign in to their PSN account from any computer, make purchases and initiate the download remotely to their PS3 back home. The Web store is set to launch later this month.
According to Layden the new PlayStation Store redesign has led to double-digit growth in the US and Europe. He revealed that more users are now spending much more time browsing the content than before. Specially discounted items are prominently displayed in the main menu along with Mini’s and other games that go for .99 cents.
The old design remained consistent for over six years now, while it did get a facelift a few years after the launch of the PS3. If you recall initially the PSN Store was a web page with slow loading icons within the PS3 before switching over to a dedicated app.