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Sony delays UK PlayStation Store relaunch

Sony delays UK PlayStation Store relaunch

Fri 19 Oct 2012 9:34am GMT / 5:34am EDT / 2:34am PDT
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Sony has postponed the relaunch of the PlayStation Store in the UK for an unspecified period after "teething issues" like wallet errors and slow load times.

"The phased launch of the new PlayStation Store has been temporarily postponed in some territories as teething issues related to the global roll-out of the Store are being addressed and resolved," said a statement received by Eurogamer.

"It is really important to us that the best possible Store experience is delivered and we appreciate your patience as we resolve these matters. The new PlayStation Store is now live in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, UAE, Kuwait , Qatar, India, Israel and South Africa."

UK users can still access the old version of the online store.

7 Comments

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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That's usually the other way around. It's the other countries that see the delay due to "teething issues".

Posted:A year ago

#1

Steven Pick
Lead Graphic Designer

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I checked this out yesterday - kind of surprised at how much design cues have been taken from the Xbox dash. There's some nice touches like the parallax layers in dedicated game pages, but the prices of some of those games? Crazy price to download Borderlands 2. 50!

Posted:A year ago

#2

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

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Yeah, if that photo up there ^ is correct, it's a wonder they sell anything on the PSN store. 50 for Dishonored? When you can order the physical disc and get next day delivery on Amazon for 40 (or cheaper if you have Amazon Prime). Madness.

Posted:A year ago

#3

John Bye
Senior Game Designer

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Unfortunately a lot of publishers still haven't got the hang of digital sales, or are so beholden to the physical retailers they don't dare price anything online below RRP. Other publishers, like Sony themselves and THQ and EA (particularly on back catalogue) are actuallly quite competitive with their online pricing. But yes, you'd have to be crazy to pay 50 for a digital game. Presumably somebody is buying them though, or they wouldn't keep going to the trouble of releasing them at that price.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

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How much trouble is it, though? Servers to house the game on (which are just the standard PSN server banks, I assume), and an entry on the PSN store? If that's it (and that's a big "if", but I can't think of anything else that would be needed), then it's no trouble at all.

Posted:A year ago

#5

John Bye
Senior Game Designer

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There is a bit of extra work involved in preparing a game to be sold via the PSN store, not a huge amount but it requires some effort and testing, and I'd assume (I could be wrong) that Sony may charge something for the process. If it was that easy, every publisher would do it, as there'd be no reason not to.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

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Sony does again something that we have already learned to live with: Taking most of their ideas from other companies and treating Europeans as second degree costumers. Almost a tradition already.

Posted:A year ago

#7

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