If true this is something that is long overdue, there hasn’t been a significant design to PlayStation Network since well…EVER. Yes, Yes, there have been small tweaks here and there but nothing really significant. According to a post by RegHardware, Sony is working on a PSN redesign that will bring a more image-drive layout closer to what you might see on XBL or Steam.
We all have our qualms about the look and feel of PSN: it has too much text, content is too hard to find, too many clicks to get to what you want, etc. Apparently is now in the process of market-testing a new design that de-clutters the screen with what has been called “an aesthetic layout with logically marked sections and rolodex lists”. What the hell that means you got us? The new PSN will also come with a new real-time search method with results appearing as users enter characters rather than being sent to a separate text-entry page. How similar this is to something like Google Instant we don’t know just yet.
The somewhat boring movie section has been updated to a more IMDB-style database. When you select a film key details appear on the right of the screen, such as leading actors. Clicking through will take you to the actor’s page, where you can see all of their movies. They would also take the same approach is taken with games, categorized by genre, publisher, developer and so on. This one I am not so sure about, it would be cool but I don’t know that Sony would put a lot of value into something like this. For you bargain hunters, the new PSN will feature a “deals of the week” section that will make it easier than ever to find and pick up bargains. The finally tidbit of information is that Sony is planning to do away with the classic blue color scheme in favor of ultra vibrant colors against a black background.
Is any of this true we don’t know, we have questions out to Sony and will update if we hear anything. In the meantime, if it is true let us know what you think about the possible changes in the comments.