Despite the many good things that Sony is doing online, the PSN store remains one of the most criticized elements of the PS3 experience. Before its update last year the store was attacked for being much clunkier and difficult to use than the Xbox Live ‘blades’ setup. Based on that feedback Sony redesigned the store to offer a more visual and dynamic experience, but since that time there have been a multitude of complaints about how slow and difficult to use the PSN store has become.
Perhaps hoping to improve the service to avoid complaints in the run-up to the launch of the PS4, the official PlayStation Twitter account updated yesterday with the message; ‘Do not be alarmed: PlayStation Store performance is now *noticeably* perkier. Try it out and let us know what you think!’
Do not be alarmed: PlayStation Store performance is now *noticeably* perkier. Try it out and let us know what you think!
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 2, 2013
I have fired up the store on a couple of occasions since the announcement and have yet to encounter any *noticeable* improvements, on both the European and US store fronts. There was still a great deal of loading between screens and general lag in my experience, which made me wonder exactly what Sony have apparently improved. Have any of you guys out there experienced any improvement?
Perhaps the Vita store is the model that should be employed, as that manages to run quickly whilst still being attractive to browsing customers. One thing is for sure, with PS4’s massive online focus the PSN store is one area that Sony needs to perfect, and quickly.