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Looks Like PlayStation Is Gearing Up To Overhaul The PS Store

Looks Like PlayStation Is Gearing Up To Overhaul The PS Store

The PS5 UI has a new visual language when compared to previous generations.

Imogen Donovan

Imogen Donovan

Sony is seemingly moving and shaking to do up the PlayStation Store ahead of the PlayStation 5's launch next month.

A report from Push Square alleges that developers have been contacted about the imminent overhaul in the PlayStation Store's design and listings. After the remodelling is done, it will only feature PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games, so digital listings of PlayStation 3, PSP, and PS Vita games on the current console will be a thing of the past. Furthermore, users will be able to access the new PlayStation Store through their phones and the web, and users' wishlists will be scrubbed.

This is set to roll out in November, though it's not stated exactly when this will go live. At the moment, Sony has not formally revealed the new console's user interface, and has only recently offered a teardown of the PlayStation 5. This video is the second official look at the console since it was properly unveiled in early June, and explained how the cooling fan distributes heat out and away from the hardware with its three vents. The company is keeping its cards close to its chest, to say the least. As a result, we should take Push Square's report with a pinch of salt.

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PlayStation user interfaces are simplistic, yet clean and easy to use. With the new features on their way to the PlayStation 5, such as the SSD, we would expect a similarly sleek interface with extra options for these additions. Moreover, we're able to make educated guesses at the look of the user interface based on what PlayStation employees have said in the past.

In April of last year, lead architect Mark Cerny spoke to Wired, and praised the accessibility and the conciseness of the new design. "We don't want the player to have to boot the game, see what's up, boot the game, see what's up", he elaborated, and expressed that all of the important information about a game will be "visible in the UI".

Then, PlayStation vice president of UX design Matt MacLaurin revealed that there will be an entirely new visual language to learn for the PlayStation 5. In his eyes, it's a "100 percent overhaul of the PS4 UI and some very different new concepts" which have given rise to a "very interesting evolution of the OS."

Be that as it may, we're yet to see these advancements and this new visual language for ourselves. Hopefully, Sony will be showing off the design soon, and this is at the very least a reminder to buy those digital versions of PlayStation 3, PSP and PS Vita games you've had your eye on. We'll keep you in the loop when we know more.

Featured Image Credit: Sony

Topics: PlayStation 5, PlayStation