The Perfect PlayStation Store

Article: How can Sony better 360's Marketplace?

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Each item on the list should be clickable to take you directly to that item on the Store, saving you the effort of locating it yourself.

Pad-friendly operation
The Xbox's Marketplace is embedded within the console's Dashboard, which is great because it means the menus are pad friendly, using the shoulder buttons to flick between tabs and easy dpad navigation.

The PS Store is essentially a web page with a fixed format, and it handles like one. Using the dpad to reach the desired icon can be a mini-game within itself. If the thing you wish to highlight isn't directly adjacent to anything the arrow has a mind of its own. Getting to the buttons on the bottom of the page can be particularly 'fun'.

Analogue stick operation of the pointer is too slow. Icons, tabs and buttons need to be better lined up for the sake of easy pad navigation.

Bin the giant panels
The huge panels the run across the top half of the screen on the PS Store are a waste of space.

If Sony wants to highlight a particular game we think it could be just as effectively done in the boxes on the right. Binning that upper panel would free up plenty of room that could be used for more valuable things, like the enhanced tab system we spoke of before.

Flash-driven Store?
As we said before, the PS Store is just a web page, but as web pages go it's pretty basic. Every icon or tab you click just loads up a separate page - it's all a bit plain.

Why isn't there something a little flashier - like its official websites? They're all packed with moving blades, fading pages and other nice little touches. It's just a shame that the XMB and its slick background screams quality, while the PS Store's plainness lets all that down.

Standby downloading
Okay, so this is more of a Firmware feature than one of the PS Store's faults, but we've come across numerous occasions where we'd like to leave our PS3 downloading a demo overnight, but that means leaving the fairly power-hungry machine on for hours longer than necessary.

360 can continue to download your files until it's all finished, then shut itself down automatically. The PS3 should be able to.

Sharing the wealth
We said at the start of this article that it's not about calling for more content. But we will shout about Sony giving more PS Store content to some regions than others.

Japan's PSone collection destroys ours. They also get some awesome PSP content, like LocoRoco levels and other exclusive playables for the portable that we never even hear about.

We tend to lag behind the US for new download content, too. So we're forced to bend the rules and create multiple PSN profiles on our PS3s to access the stores of different regions, and even that only works for free content - not paid stuff. Sort us out, Sony. Share the wealth around.

What you you want? And when do you want it? Tell us in the comment section below.

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