It’s taken long enough, but you can now access the PSN Store as a regular website instead of only via your PS3. This new service allows you to buy games and DLC or pick up free demos from your PC, laptop, netbook, smartphone or tablet. You can also access your account history to check previously downloaded items and add funds to your digital wallet. While a similar service has been available for years on the Xbox 360, Sony have been a little slow off the mark.
When buying items or grabbing demos they will be added to your download list, which you access on your PS3 either in the Store or under Account Management and manually start the download. It would have been better if it downloaded automatically the next time the PS3 was online to be honest.
Another omitted tweak that may be useful would be a live shopping basket. Being able to put items in on your browser and them still being there on your PS3 would be handy for putting together a pile of things you’re interested in when browsing out of the house, then choosing which ones to keep once you’re back with DualShock in hand.
On the plus side, navigating the store via the website is a smoother and quicker experience than on PS3 since the store had a poorly judged makeover. It looks similar, but being able to simply type in search words and navigate the screen with a mouse works much better.
The large selection of films and TV episodes are available to purchase too. However, gaming video content has again been made very difficult to find. The weekly magazine show, Access, can be viewed directly from the site, but you’ll have to use the search menu to find it as it’s been buried deep into the site. Individual game trailers and game videos don’t seem to be available at the site currently.
Check out the new website here.