PlayStation Store update improves performance, web Store for PC coming soon

January 14, 2013

PlayStation Store update improves performance, web Store for PC coming soonJust 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.

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35 Responses to “PlayStation Store update improves performance, web Store for PC coming soon”

  1. Godless:

    “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.”

    WOW. . Yet another step closer to doing what the xbox has been doing for god knows how long.. .

    Waits for the Sony fanboys to claim Sony invented remote game queue. ..after all Sony did invent gaming. .motion controllers, and controller-less motion tracking gaming . .LMAO

  2. gunstar:

    ps3 keeps getting better n better

    PlayStation = Three Time World Champions

  3. phranctoast:

    Not really noticing all the much of a difference. The initial load is still longer than it used to be before the HTML5 update.

    Don’t fret godless. We can all relax knowing that XBLG is inferior to PSN+ in almost every way.

    Maybe you can write some emails to MS and pray that they try and actually compete with a competing service.

    At least you finally got cloud saving. How long did that take? :D

  4. ncaissie:

    I fuckin hate the new store so much. It make me avoid it until there is a pns+ update.

  5. phranctoast:

    Darksiders free on NA PSN+ this week.

    http://blog.us.playstation.com/?p=94877

  6. MAK:

    I hate the new store too!

    There’s one thing that I think about every time I go on the new ps store: Puke.

    From the colors to the sound effects of the new store, that’s how I would describe it.
    The opening sound sounds like something dying, and the navigation sounds are too low pitched and clunky. The designers are complete dumbasses and obviously did pay attention to any of their psychological design techniques.
    And the store background wallpaper is a reallly ugly color.

    Another terrible app is the YouTube app on ps3. What’s with the background??? It’s a blurred up image that doesn’t even match the UI.
    Why can’t they just fuckin make the same style like they do on the Apple Store???

    I won’t be satisfied with the new store until they change it. The Re-Design needs a Re-design. How sad.
    I can’t wait to see how slow the store still is next time I get on ps3.

  7. twilight:

    Well, I would be happy about getting Darksiders for free but I already purchased this game awhile back off Psn when it was on sale.
    As far as the new store design goes, the issue is similar to Xbox360′s dashboard re-design. There are people who hate the new design and there are people who love it. Although, Sony has only had one major dashboard re-design and Microsoft has had several re-designs.
    The reviews for the latest DMC game overall have been pretty positive but with the Ps3 version surprisingly drawing the short end of the straw. I didn’t expect the Ps3 version of this particular game to be inferior to the the Xbox360 version of this game. The Devil May Cry game series franchise has always been heavily supported by the Ps3 gamers on Sony’s platform yet they don’t think enough of Ps3 gamers to give Ps3 gamers a decent port.

  8. phranctoast:

    @twilight

    It the never-ending issue with poorly optimized Unreal engine and the PS3.

    Sony better make sure that they communicate better with Epic as if this gen represents anything similar to next gen, UE will be a major game engine used and you definitely want it to run a smoothly as possible….

  9. phranctoast:

    One of my pet peeves with the new store is the movie trailers section.

    It’s hosted by a third party (which is fine by me) but they never seem to have anything new. I’m sure if you go to Flixster (or whoever is the host) they have new trailers available there. So why the hell not on the PS3?

  10. oldschool1987:

    Wow Godless’ Xbox boner is showing.

  11. oldschool1987:

    “Waits for the Sony fanboys to claim Sony invented remote game queue. ..after all Sony did invent gaming. .motion controllers, and controller-less motion tracking gaming . .LMAO”

    Link?

  12. Roca.:

    Godless seems desperate…

  13. ncaissie:

    @MAK
    The iTunes App Store is another POS. they screwed that one over too. If they don’t fix it in iOS 7 ill sell my damn iPhone.
    The same goes for iTunes 11 app. It’s a POS with stupid thing like the sync button missing if you choose the ops style which is no where close to the old style also. LOL idiots.

  14. FahKinSuPah:

    I wonder when Blorge is going to post a REAL article about Sony?

    Like maybe an article about how they are trying to SCREW over gamers everywhere.

    http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=20130007892.PGNR.&OS=DN/20130007892&RS=DN/20130007892

  15. phranctoast:

    @fahkin

    http://gamer.blorge.com/2013/01/05/thinking-sony-would-block-used-games-on-ps4-is-silly/

  16. dans:

    Off-topic but…

    Les Miserables is INCREDIBLE. Go see it guys and gals. Best film I’ve seen in quite a while.

  17. dans:

    @carl

    Unless I’m being stupid, there isn’t an ‘add to queue’ option for me when I’m using Netflix US.

  18. oldschool1987:

    @ Fahk, its still better than paying for a service that charges you to use your own Internet connection to play a game online that you already paid full retail price for lol.

  19. ncaissie:

    “I wonder when Blorge is going to post a REAL article about Sony?
    Like maybe an article about how they are trying to SCREW over gamers everywhere.
    http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=20130007892.PGNR.&OS=DN/20130007892&RS=DN/20130007892

    LOL you have the choice not to buy Sony consoles.

  20. phranctoast:

    “Unless I’m being stupid, there isn’t an ‘add to queue’ option for me when I’m using Netflix US.”

    Click on movie, select add to instant queue. It’s in the same place as subtitles and rating.

  21. CarlB:

    @dans,

    From what you have said in the past, you are using something different than we have here in order to access U.S. content, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a temporary shortfall with bridge programs on your end.

  22. twilight:

    “an article about how they are trying to Screw over gamers everywhere.” I see that you are one of many people Fah that get caught up in pre-media launch talk but you have to keep it in perspective for what it really is speculation. There have been numerous articles about Sony and Microsoft both regarding the same issues of blocking used game sales. Until either Sony or Microsoft officially state this, then it is all just speculation. I am not saying they want or that they will but just because Sony filed a patent doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to implement this in their next gaming system.

  23. phranctoast:

    Going to have to agree with Twilight here. No reason to get all bent out of shape before there’s a reason to get bent out of shape ;)

  24. dans:

    @phranc/carl

    It definitely isn’t there. I think Carl is right here . . hopefully it will get updated soon.

    For now, I’ve got all the films I want to watch written down in a notepad. haha

  25. phranctoast:

    Are we talking about access from the PS3?

  26. dans:

    No, laptop.

  27. CarlB:

    Here for laptop access it’s just a red “add” button next to the movies you look up, or if you are at the home screen just let the mouse hover over the cover image of the movie you want to add and a pop-up window has the “+instant queue” button.

    You might also try seeing if your browser or security software is blocking pop-ups/cookies/ads from the site you are using, that is if you are comfortable it is not a phishing site.

    If it’s simply Netflix’s site then you should be okay, however the program you are using to access the U.S. content might also be trying to get your information.

    If this doesn’t work for you, I’ve seen some alternate sites for adding movies to your queue, also apps for smartphone/tablets… so I’m thinking they might have something similar there you could use. However, I haven’t used any of these yet, so I would suggest a few minutes researching whichever one you decide to use first.

  28. phranctoast:

    I appear to be in the minority here, but I’ve been adjusting and even liking the new store.

    It does still seem like a long process to buy something however.

  29. twilight:

    I don’t mind the new store at all. The only issue I had with the new store was the slow speed of the store which has now been addressed by Sony.

  30. Roca.:

    I love the the new PS Store…but man you have to do a lot of clicking before you are even allowed to download a demo or avatar.

    It takes 1 click to downloading things on the Vita

  31. phranctoast:

    “I love the the new PS Store…but man you have to do a lot of clicking before you are even allowed to download a demo or avatar.”

    Someone here posted a funny comic about this. Please post it again ……

  32. dans:

    As requested:

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

  33. phranctoast:

    should have known it was Dans ;)

  34. dans:

    who else? :D

  35. phranctoast:

    true, true :)

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