When the Playstation Store updated from the older version with the blue panels to the new version with the surround sound and huge touchscreen buttons, I and many others were noticeably nonplussed. Replacing a usable interface no matter how its used with a touchscreen abomination is a feckless and moronic decision at the best of times, but this is doubly true when on a device that doesn’t have a touchscreen interface available.
Well, that was then and this is now, and I can finally see why they’ve done it.
Yep, it has a touchscreen. So in a way, the newer Playstation Store is ahead of its time. Or the Playstation store will suck for the PS3 until the product’s life ends in about four years. And the first PSP. Okay, so it still sucks, but hopefully it’ll get better. Like the version they have for the PC. With real searching. Well, let me explain. The PS3’s version only lets you search as existing keywords and doesn’t link to things that don’t explicitly belong to those keywords. For example, at the time of writing, a search for Dynasty Warriors lets you look at DW7: Empires stuff, but only the main game because the DLC isn’t explicitly tagged despite having Dynasty Warriors in the name. In fact, you can’t even go to the DLC part of the shop and do the most obvious filter – by name. These usability options would be far more forgiveable if they weren’t just fine in the last iteration.
Saying that, even visiting the old version by using the menu from the game doesn’t show you all the DLC for it.
Still, I for one am looking forward to the PS4 immensely, and I hope the sales and games will shut up those obnoxious twerps who railed on about how the graphics were good enough anyway. Not at all, not until I can’t tell its a game.