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Sony unveils redesigned PlayStation Store

Voila! The graphic gurus at Sony unveil a new look for the PlayStation Store on PlayStation 3.

The new PlayStation store landing page looks vastly different than before. (Click to enlarge.)
Sony Computer Entertainment

Later this month, those who access the PlayStation Store on PS3 may notice a swankier storefront.

More than four years since the last major revision in appearance, Sony announced today an incoming redesign for the PlayStation Store due in the U.S. on October 23. The refreshed arrangement of the Store utilizes larger graphics to advertise content; streamlined navigation; and an improved search system.

A PlayStation blog post notes that the company simplified the search feature to make it easier to find things, while content listings contain more in-depth information and related preview videos than before. We're hoping every game features a preview video, because it sure gets annoying to manually search a game out on YouTube or Google to learn if it's worth paying for.

The redesign also makes it easier to locate downloadable content (add-ons, themes, and so on), which consumers can now access within the game listing itself -- instead of the separate category system currently in use.

In related news, Sony did not announce plans for a redesign of the PlayStation Store for the Vita gaming device, but Vita/PSP content gets its own section in the PS3 version of the Store.

This screenshot shows a Resident Evil section of the PlayStation Store. Sony Computer Entertainment