Sony Computer Entertainment America revamps PS3 stores

MUMBAI: Sony Computer Entertainment America has introduced a new, more dynamic look and faster, more fluid navigation to PlayStationStore for PlayStation3 (PS3). As part of the revamp, PlayStation Store, previously a Web-based storefront, now lives natively as an application on the PS3 system, dramatically improving navigation speed. PS3 users can now more quickly and seamlessly shop, purchase and download PlayStationNetwork games, demos, game videos, Blu-ray Disc (BD) movie trailers and other game-related content for PS3 system.

The revamped PlayStation Store is available to users after they update their PS3 with the latest system software (Ver. 2.30), released today. It features twice as many primary shopping categories, making browsing through content quick and simple. These categories include New Releases, Downloadable Games, View All By Title, Add-Ons, Demos, Videos, Themes & Wallpapers, and Featured Items. Other improvements include a new Preview feature that enables customers to stream trailers and view screenshots of PlayStationNetwork games before they buy, and the addition of a shopping bag icon next to purchased items to assist customers in tracking their purchases.

"From day one, we have stayed committed to growing and enhancing PlayStation Store, and today we are pleased to deliver what our customers have been asking for — a more streamlined storefront that makes it easier and faster to find what they want. From the highly anticipated Gran Turismo 5 Prologue to great indie titles like PixelJunk Monsters, we have the most compelling downloadable content in the industry, and now we are matching that with the best possible user experience, said SCEA PlayStation Network senior director Susan Panico.

Through PlayStation Store, accessible via the XMB (XrossMediaBar), PS3 owners can choose from nearly 900 pieces of content, including more than 70 unique downloadable games for PS3 and classic PS one titles, as well as game demos and videos, BD movie trailers, game themes, wallpapers, and more. In North America, there are more than 3.6 million registered PlayStation Network accounts, and more than 66 million pieces of content have been downloaded from PlayStation Store.