The US PlayStation Twitter account tweeted this morning about a new homepage on the PS3. When US users open up the web browser, there’s an option to “beta test the new PS3 system portal”. Clicking on that will display a new layout for a bespoke portal with “buy now” links on movie and games.
At the time of writing, these links simply divert you to the PSN Store but it’s not difficult to imagine a more integrated approach to buying content that would make the system much more seamless than it is currently.
A user on NeoGAF has taken some photos of the new layout.
As you can see, it looks nice and modern, tablet (and Vita?) friendly and easy to navigate. Hopefully we’ll see a full redesign across the PlayStation family of sites that makes things easier to find, nicer to look at and – crucially – easier to buy.
We’ve been keen to see an improved PlayStation web portal for some time now – specifically one which has individual product pages that allow you to purchase and queue items to download on a PlayStation 3 or Vita later. Hopefully, this beta is a step towards that kind of system. It comes after a lengthy survey from PlayStation in the EU last week which asked many questions about the usability and features of PlayStation.com and the PS Blog so hopefully this US beta testing will spread over to this side of the Atlantic soon too.