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New PSN Store Impressions


This morning I updated to firmware 2.30 on my PS3, and tried out the new PLAYSTATION Store. I was surprised by how quick it booted up once I hit the X. That was nice. The new interface looks very nice as well, as you’ve all probably figured out from the screenshots and videos.

I think it’s a shame that the store caters to those with 4:3 aspect ratio televisions. Lots of us own HDTV’s, so it would be nice if that wasted space was being used. Used by what? More content of course. But there’s a problem with that…

The store is slow.

Not the interface. The interface is quick. If you drill down or up, or click on a game or video, the next screen comes up quickly, which is nice

Downloading content is slow. Click on a category, and you have to wait a long time for all the icons to fill up. And this will only get worse. I was trying the store at 8:45am EST, before the people on the west coast were even awake. And even then, content was slow to come up. I hope Sony works on fixing this.

One of the new features of the store is the preview functionality. With it, certain select titles have screenshots or videos that you can video. And when I say “certain select”, I’m not kidding. I found one title with a couple screenshots, and about three titles with videos. Of course, I didn’t check them all, but I checked quite a few. I assume that Sony will try to have previews for new content, and not care so much about content that’s already on there. But who knows, maybe Sony will surprise us.

All in all, the new store is nice. It’s quite an upgrade over the old one. I just hope that the performance issues will be resolved.