Sony to Finally Make Web-based PlayStation Store in US
When I got my PlayStation 3 last year, I was stoked. All the games I could get! Man oh man! I jumped online to try and browse the PlayStation Store, see if I could download some demos, buy some cheap old games…but, I’ll be damned, I couldn’t figure out how to download anything. Or buy anything. I thought the problem might’ve been my web-browser…but it turned out that the problem was Sony. There was no online store. If I wanted to buy or browse anything, I had to do it on the console itself. What a massive pain in the ass.
I was spoiled by Xbox’s online store, and annoyed that Sony had dropped the ball. But a post on CNET from yesterday reports that Sony’s finally getting into the web-store game. While such a store exists for European customers, the United States will finally have a web-store of its own for Sony’s PlayStation content, meaning we should be able to browse and buy right from our computers. What a concept!
The web-store should launch sometime this month, though it’s not totally clear when. According to the piece, when Sony redesigned the PlayStation Store on the console not too long ago, it “led to double-digit growth in the U.S. and Europe, and users were spending more time browsing there, as well. [Sony Network Entertainment COO Shawn Layden] agreed that the previous design, which remained in place for nearly six years, was a frustration due to its lack of change.”
I’ll tell you this for free, Sony. The store wasn’t frustrating due to its lack of change. It was frustrating because it sucked so bad. The user-interface was annoying, confusing, and not really good for, you know, doing things. And the fact that I couldn’t do my buying via the web only made things worse.
Okay. Settle down, Brian. Enough frustration. The problem’s being solved. Hooray!