PlayStation Store

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PlayStation Store
Ps store logo.png
Developer Sony Computer Entertainment
Type Online market
Launch date November 2006 (PS3)
September 2007 (Media Go)
October 2008 (PSP)
October 2011 (Sony Tablet)
December 2011 (PS Vita)
January 2013 (PC)
November 2013 (PS4)
Current version 1.12 (PS3)[1]
Platform PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Portable
PlayStation Vita
Sony Tablet
PC
Mobile
TV
Website Official Website

The PlayStation Store is a digital media store available to users of Sony's PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable game consoles via the PlayStation Network. The store offers a range of downloadable content both for purchase and available free of charge. Available content includes full games, add-on content, playable demos, themes and game and movie trailers. The service is accessible through an icon on the XMB on the PS3 and PSP, its own column on the PS4 and an icon on the LiveArea on the PS Vita, in addition to consoles, the service is also available online via the Sony Entertainment Network official website. As of September 24, 2009, there have been over 600 million downloads from the PlayStation Store worldwide.[2]

The PlayStation Store is updated with new content each Tuesday in North America, and each Wednesday in PAL regions.[3] In May 2010, this was changed from Thursdays to allow PSP games to be released digitally, closer to the time they are released to retail.[4]

The PlayStation Store was unavailable worldwide due to the PlayStation Network outage in April 2011. The service has been fully restored in Sony's American and European markets since June 2, 2011.[5]

Access[edit]

PSN Master Account[edit]

A "master" PlayStation Network account is required to access the PlayStation Store. A log of all previously purchased items, known as "Download List", records each PlayStation Store account's complete download activity. A guest user can use their master account's Download List to download free content or to purchase content on another console, however, a single account can only be used on up to two consoles. This was previously five, but as of November 2011, Sony reduced this to two.[6] The most recent firmware must be installed on the console in order to access the PlayStation Store.

Each master account is associated with an online virtual "wallet" to which funds can be added. This wallet is then debited when a purchase is made from the store. Money can be added to the wallet through different systems of payment, although some of these are not available in all countries.

Currency[edit]

All purchases on the PlayStation Store are made in the user's local currency using a 'wallet' system whereby funds are added to the wallet – either in set denominations or an amount dictated by the price of the current transaction – then debited from the account's wallet when the user makes a purchase, funds added to the PS Store are non-refundable. Unlike Microsoft's Xbox Games Store as well as Nintendo's Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop, the PlayStation Store used local currencies from launch whereas Microsoft and Nintendo relied on their own proprietary currency (Microsoft Points and Nintendo Points, respectively) early on but have since moved to a local currency payment system prior to the launch of their respective eighth generation systems: Xbox One and Wii U.

The user can add funds to their wallet in a number of ways, the most common of which is by credit or debit card. Users in many regions can also purchase PlayStation Network Cards[7] or Tickets in set denominations from retailers including supermarkets or video game stores. These funds are redeemed on the PlayStation Store when the user enters the unique 12-digit code found on the card into the PlayStation Store.[8] Nintendo themselves later adopted this currency system for their succeeding eShop. The Store's account however is region locked and generally only accepts credit card that is billed in and PlayStation Network Cards purchased from the same country selected during the registration process, which cannot be changed afterwards.

As of the July 3rd, the UK users of the store can top up their wallet via a mobile phone, with the user paying for the funds through their phone bill.[9]

In Japan, users may use the Edy e-money system. With a USB IC card reader/writer called PaSoRi, users can add funds to their wallet by swiping a smart card across the device.[10]

PlayStation Store for PS3[edit]

The PlayStation Store was launched on the PlayStation 3 on November 11, 2006 and is accessible via an icon under the PlayStation Network category of the XMB. There are four different versions of the PlayStation Store: Asia, Europe (including Oceania and the Middle East), Japan, and North America (including Latin America). Content may vary per country. There is no PlayStation Store in China.

Content[edit]

Qore and FirstPlay[edit]

Qore (pronounced like "core"), presented by the PlayStation Network, announced on June 3, 2008 by SCEA, was a subscription-based interactive online magazine for the PlayStation Network,[13] which launched on the PlayStation Store in North America on June 5, 2008. The service ended in 2012 due to budget considerations and the restructuring of PlayStation brand priorities.

FirstPlay (previously known as Official PlayStation Magazine HD or OPMHD) is an electronic magazine similar to Qore, produced by Future Publishing. Released in April 2010, it is available to PlayStation 3 users via the PlayStation Store in the UK. Like Qore, FirstPlay offers exclusive videos, demos and downloads.[14][15] but is released weekly instead of monthly.[16]

* Qore and FirstPlay have been discontinued. Back issues are still available for purchase.

Multitasking[edit]

As of March 22, 2007, background downloading became possible while watching a video stored on the HDD, listening to music, looking at photos, using the web browser and playing PS1, or offline PS3 games.[17] Officially 16 downloads can be queued up at a time. The status of the downloads can only be checked on the XMB under the "Network" category. If the messaging service is enabled, a pop-up message will appear in the top right corner of the screen to notify the user that a download is finished.

Connectivity with PlayStation Vita[edit]

Cross-platform content such as emulated PlayStation games, PS Vita games and demos, and minis, can be transferred from the PlayStation 3 to the PS Vita via a wired connection.

Connectivity with PlayStation Portable[edit]

Some cross-platform store content such as emulated PlayStation games and demos can be transferred from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation Portable's Memory Stick via a USB connection.

After the installation of firmware version 5.00 released on October 15, 2008, the PlayStation Store can be accessed directly from the PSP without the need to use a PC or PS3 as an intermediary.[18] It is accessible under the PlayStation Network category on the PSP's XMB. However, users who do not have any method for connecting wirelessly can still use the PlayStation Store on the PC using Media Go.

Redesigns[edit]

Following feedback from a large number of PlayStation Network users, a redesigned version of the PlayStation Store was launched on April 15, 2008 via a firmware update.[19] The new design was OS based rather than the previous Store's web based design enabling the Store to process information more quickly.

A minor update to the store was released during Sony's E3 2009 press conference. This update makes the top page rotate pictures (including their links) regularly, and changes the navigation sounds.

A major redesign of the PlayStation Store was announced in September 2012, bringing with it a revised navigation structure and new search system. The new store has been developed to bring game and video content together and make it easier for users to find what they are looking for. Content will be integrated into each game's listing, rather than separate categories for items like add-ons, themes, and other downloadable content. The latest design is much less focused on text, and incorporates high-resolution artwork and smooth animations for featured content. The new redesign launched in Europe on October 22, 2012.[20] Shortly after it was launched in the United Kingdom, the Store interface was reverted to the old design due to issues such as long load times and slow navigation, while other countries in Europe retained the new interface despite these issues. The redesign was released in North America on November 2, 2012.

PlayStation Store for PS Vita[edit]

The PlayStation Store was launched on the PlayStation Vita on December 17, 2011 and is accessible via an icon on the LiveArea. There are four different versions of the PlayStation Store: Asia, Europe (including Oceania and the Middle East), Japan, and North America. Content may vary per country. There are no PlayStation Stores in China and Latin America.

Content[edit]

PlayStation Store for PSP[edit]

At the PlayStation Store's initial launch, PSP owners could only access the PSP section of the store by means of a PS3 connection. This meant that only PSP owners who also had a PS3 could access PSone games and other content available exclusively on the PlayStation Network. However, the PSP-oriented PlayStation Store (PC) launched in Asia on September 20, 2007 at the Tokyo Game Show and was accessible through supported internet browsers on Windows PCs. The PC store became available for the U.S. and Europe on November 20, 2007.

A year later on October 15, 2008, System Software 5.00 was released for the PSP. For the first time PSP owners could also access the store directly on their PSP consoles.[21] Two weeks later on October 28, 2008, the PC store was relaunched, this time being able to be accessed via PSP Media Manager 3. Like with the PS3, PSP and PSone games downloaded from the PlayStation Store can only be used on up to 2 separate PSPs activated on the account the content was purchased by.

Media Go[edit]

Main article: Media Go

During E3 2009, Sony announced the release of Media Go, a Windows application used to access, download and install games and software to a connected PSP, as well as Sony Walkman devices and Sony Ericsson cell phones. The software can also be used to manage and transfer other media such as music, videos and photos stored on the PSP and other compatible devices. Files are transferred to the PSP via a USB connection and saved onto a flash memory card (or internal flash storage on the PSPgo). The software was initially offered as an alternative to the already-existing PSP Media Manager (and the various other Media Manager applications for Sony devices) and can also be used to manage and transfer other media such as music, videos and photos stored on the PSP and other compatible devices. However, Sony soon completely replaced the Media Manager family of software with Media Go.[21] It is only compatible with 32-bit versions of Windows XP and both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

PlayStation Network Downloader[edit]

A DRM tool called the PlayStation Network Downloader is also required to download content from the PlayStation Store onto a PC. When downloading store content, an *.xpd file is first downloaded onto the user's computer and then opened by the PlayStation Network Downloader, which downloads the content directly to a PSP connected via a USB cable. This 'DRM' tool prevents the user from directly saving store contents onto their PC and illegally distributing the content. Currently, this software is also only compatible with certain Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Content[edit]

PlayStation Store for PS4[edit]

The PlayStation 4 version of the PlayStation Store was released on November 15th 2013 along with the console in North America, and on November 29th in most of Europe with the console two weeks following the North American launch. The PS4 version of the PS Store uses the same overall design and interface to its predecessor, the PlayStation 3's store, however, the color scheme has been altered to match that of the console's theme, changing from black to blue. Currently, the PlayStation 4's version of the Store is fairly limited in terms of games, as the console has recently launched and few games have been released. The movies section of the store, on the other hand, features all the movies available on the other PS platforms.

PlayStation Store for PC[edit]

In January 2013, the PlayStation Store was made available via an Internet browser.[22] Users can purchase content for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable via the online store, then download it via their respective devices.

Availability[edit]

PlayStation Store is currently only available in selected countries:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "PlayStation Store App Gets New Update, Version 1.06, Hopefully Makes Things Faster". PlayStation Lifestyle. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "TGS 2009: Keynote Address". IGN. 
  3. ^ "PSN Thursday no more: say hello to PSN Tuesday and Wednesday". 
  4. ^ "PSN Store Day Move Not Due To 360". 
  5. ^ "PSN Will Be Fully Restored Today". joystiq. 
  6. ^ Yin, Wesley. (2011-11-18) Reduced PlayStation game sharing policy comes into effect • News • PlayStation 3 •. Eurogamer.net. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  7. ^ Sony Computer Entertainment (2012-011-01). "PlayStation Network Cards". Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-011-01.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ Luke Plunkett (2008-06-07). "PS Store Cards *Finally* Heading To Retail". kotaku.com. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  9. ^ Yin, Wesley. (2013-07-03) Sony adds mobile phone billing for PlayStation Store • News • PlayStation 3 •. Eurogamer.net. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  10. ^ Sony Computer Entertainment (2008-06-07). "PLAYSTATION3 System Software 2.30 User's Guide". Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  11. ^ "PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service for Europe Now Available on PlayStation 3 and PSP (PlayStation Portable)". Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c Sony Computer Entertainment (2008-06-07). "PLAYSTATIONStore Music Videos". Sony Computer Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  13. ^ Introducing Qore: Taking you behind the curtain with PlayStation
  14. ^ "Sony Announces FirstPlay". TheSixthAxis. 
  15. ^ "PlayStation Official Magazine HD". Future Publishing. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  16. ^ "Europe's Version Of Qore: The Details". 
  17. ^ Sony Computer Entertainment. "PlayStation 3 Support – Managing content on PS3 – Download while performing other operations". Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-11-07. "A background download will be temporarily stopped when […] playing PlayStation 2 format software" 
  18. ^ Google Translate
  19. ^ Sony Computer Entertainment (2008-04-14). "PlayStation.Blog » PlayStation Store Update". Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  20. ^ Sony Unveils Redesigned PlayStation Store - IGN. Uk.ign.com (2012-10-11). Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  21. ^ a b "PSP Firmware 5.00 Demo". 
  22. ^ Introducing the New Sony Entertainment Network Online Store – PlayStation.Blog. Blog.us.playstation.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.

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