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Improving the PlayStation Store 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the learn-from-competitors dept.
This opinion piece takes stock of Sony's PlayStation Store, examining its flaws and the areas Sony needs to improve as their gaming systems come to rely upon it more and more. The problems and suggested solutions involve everything from UI elements to demo availability to pricing inconsistencies. "Some people may say that the Microsoft Points scheme is a little confusing, but it is consistent. If a game is 800MSP in the US, it's 800MSP everywhere else. What a MSP is worth is up to the store, but for the most part they're close. The PlayStation Store on the other hand can be all over the place. While most games in North America keep to the same price point — such as $9.99 or $14.99, converting that over to Europe is another thing entirely. For example, Flower came out earlier this year for $9.99USD. In Australia a $10USD game gets converted to $12.95AUD. Or does it? Bomberman Ultra just came out, and it's $15.95AUD. Heavy Weapon gets released for $12.95AUD, while Capcom’s previous efforts, like Commando 3, convert to $15.95. The same thing also happens for more expensive titles. Both Battlefield 1943 and Fat Princess were released for $14.99 in the US, but in Australia they're priced at $19.95AUD and $23.95 respectively."
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Improving the PlayStation Store

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  • Meh! (Score:2, Informative)

    by TheReal_sabret00the (1604049) on Thursday October 15, 2009 @06:41AM (#29754987) Homepage
    This is how the world works, there's little parity between the likes of the US and the UK let alone Oz. It's stupid to complain that another English version of the game has a different number next to the dollar sign signifying a different currency which in the real world runs circles around your own currency.
  • by TuaAmin13 (1359435) on Thursday October 15, 2009 @07:09AM (#29755119)
    TFS doesn't explain everything.
    • The PSN Store is divided into multiple regions. Each region has control over their own store. iirc there's more stores than 3 (SCEA, SCEE, SCEJ)
    • Publishers in 1 region may not be the same in others, hence pricing disparities. While SCEA might be the publisher in the US, Capcom could be the publisher in Japan. This somewhat explains the selection available between stores.
    • Each PSN Store is free to run their own promotions. I've picked up Calling All Cars for $4.99 before on the US Store, and gotten a free episode of Voltron

    So 800 MS Points is $10 in the US. How much does 800 MS Points go for in other countries? Is it still $10 USD, or has it been adjusted? That's the apples to apples comparison right there.

    Personally I like the $$$ option of the PSN rather than the point method of Microsoft. I have a credit card, I don't want to buy some sort of currency first to then buy games. I don't want to have to convert all points to prices to see if something is a good value. Nintendo's is a bit easier, with 1000 points being $10, but Microsoft wants you to spend more points without realizing it. 1200 points, Oh wow, that looks like only $12 when actually it's $15.

    Personally I like the PSN UI. The current version is a whole lot better than the old one, particularly with regards to redeeming promo codes.

    Not to say the PSN can't be improved. I would love to see either a unified login (for all regions) or a way to change your name with your current account. Right now when people want to change account names they create a new account. That decreases the number of names available for new PSN members. All because they got tired of xxxhazz0rszzzz and wanted omgitssephiroth. So I'm sure you've got guys out there with 5-10 accounts, where Sony could charge $5 to change your name and keep all your DLC/Trophies. Microsoft already allows you to change your name, iirc. I would also love to have some of the content available on the Japanese store, without creating a Japanese account and trying to browse that store. Will it happen? Who knows.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 15, 2009 @07:26AM (#29755219)

    80MSP =

    USD $10.00
    GBP £6.80
    EURO €9.30
    CAD $12.79
    AUD $13.20
    JPY Y 1184
    CHF 17.12 CHF
    NOK 65.60 NOK

    According to the first Google search result.

  • by TheKidWho (705796) on Thursday October 15, 2009 @07:42AM (#29755291)

    PSP is actually a dual processor design.

    It has two MIPS R4000 with one of the units missing an FPU.

  • by dintech (998802) on Thursday October 15, 2009 @08:25AM (#29755555)

    So using today's exchange rates vs USD, 800 MSP is actually:

    11.01 USD (in GBP)
    13.89 USD (in EUR)
    12.49 USD (in CAD)
    12.17 USD (in AUD)
    13.20 USD (in JPY)
    16.90 USD (in CHF)
    11.85 USD (in NOK)

    To me it looks like there's an aditional non-english premium...

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