Sony overhauling PlayStation Network

Publisher's revamp will change both look and search function of online service

Sony's online service, the PlayStation Network, is currently undergoing a redesign that will significantly change its look and functionality.

A report by Reg Hardware reveals that the trademark blue colour will go, replaced by a black background and bright colours.

It will also have a cleaner look, described by sources as "an aesthetic layout with logically marked sections and rolodex lists."

Searching has been upgraded too, which will produce live results as users enter each character, and the Video section, which allows users to buy and rent films, is now a database that will feel familiar to anyone who has seen movie website IMDB.

There will also be a special section for the latest deals on PlayStation Store content.

Sony has yet to comment on the report.

The report follows news yesterday that the PlayStation Network will finally be restored to full functionality in Japan on Wednesday, following the security breaches in April.

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Matthew Valdez Studying Software Engineering, University of West Florida10 years ago
Looking forward to see the new redesign. Hopefully it fixes some performance issues that I have been noticing within the store. Waiting for some previews on this.
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I like blue.

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Sean Arnold Editorial and Content Manager 10 years ago
I think more than anything people are waiting to see if Sony will finally add cross-game chat. They will probably find some way to screw it up I mean they are already 7 years behind Microsoft.
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David Amirian Writer 10 years ago
yes they will find a way to screw it up, i mean objectivity isn't necessary when complaining about a product that doesn't exist yet, right?
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 10 years ago
It might be an idea to distinguish between the PlayStation Store, which is one service hosted on the PlayStation Network, and PSN itself.

Anyway, better searching would certainly be nice, since there's enough content there that selecting games is starting to get pretty hard. I found myself yesterday wanting for a list of all 'Qix'-like games on the store, and there was really no way at all to do that. Adding information about games from users beyond the 1-to-5-star rating (which is fairly useless, as almost nobody seems to vote below a three) would be very helpful, perhaps a way to see what my friends like and are playing recently, or even user reviews (though entry for that would probably best be done via a PC web interface).

While we're on the topic of searching, I'd also like better ways to organize and search the content on my PS3 hard disk. It's starting to build up, and the current awkward single-category thing isn't doing it for me. I'd like to be able to tag all items with multiple tags and group things that way.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Curt Sampson on 6th July 2011 4:00am

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Matthew Valdez Studying Software Engineering, University of West Florida10 years ago
I like the idea of adding some sort of user reviews. It is definitely hard to see if a game is good or not basing it off the star system. And there is no other easy way to find out how a game is besides using your PC and reading a full review. The user reviews will also allow developers to see how well they did or didn't. Sort of like the how App stores handle it. Of course there will have to be some moderation within the reviews.

I also agree with you on searching content that is on my HDD.
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Kenneth Mcmorran 3D/Environment Artist 10 years ago
About time, the PS Store is an absolute joke.
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