Another Maxconsole 'preview' by 'Ahmed_p800'
A quick preview for PSVita Store
I felt like making a preview for the PSVita PS store, so here we go!
Please note I have a US account, so im accessing the US store.
Also, I used a PSN store prepaid card to buy games.
The store opened few days ago, after the 1.6 SW upgrade, before that it was offline.
1- Lets start from PSVita main menu:
PS Store card view:
2- When you start the app, the vita will connect to the internet automatically and the store main page will appear ("ALL" section):
3- Top Downloads section:
4- New Releases section:
5- Featured section:
7- Games Categories:
8- Sub-Categories (there is not way to view ALL games in a category):
9- Media section, nothing much for now:
10- Available PSVita games:
11- You can search by genre:
12- Game details:
14- If you were downloading or downloaded a game/media, you can view it in your download list:
Or in notifications (in main PSVita menu):
15- After downloading, the PSVita will start installing the app, and then you will find the icon in the homescreen:
In general, it is really simple to buy/download a game from the Vita PS store, you just add funds, buy then wait for it to download and install!
But some things I did not like, for example:
1- When viewing any game details, there is no way to preview it, like screenshots or videos, this made it hard for me to figure out what that game was, I had to either google it or youtube it on my PC, this is a really bad user experience!
2- Another thing, is the sub-categories, you have to view games in specific distribution, like A-D, E-H...etc, and there was no way to view ALL games in one list, which I would've preferred especially I was not looking for a specific game in particular, it would be nice if they added it later on.
3- No Demos at ALL, nothing related to games is free, except maybe the 3 trailers available in Media section.
About games pricing, I guess by now, you know about it for PSVita game.
The cheapest game is StarDust, which is AMAZING, short but worth the 10$ price tag!
Wipeout was 35$ and I think it is overpriced.
Some PSP games are expensive too, like upto 34$!
But in general, the store is really simple and clear, everything is in front of you, it is hard to get lost in menus, and downloading games is even simpler!
I noticed that the only way to back-up your downloaded games is by backing-up the whole Vita in content manager.
Only PSVita games were backed up, while minis were not (don't know about PSP games as I did not buy any).
Backed up games are saved in "C:\Users\Ahmed360\Documents\PS Vita\SYSTEM" in sub folder each.
Each game is saved as 2 files, one is (*.psvimg) which is the whole thing (big file) and another one (*.psvmd) which is 1KByte.
Thats all for now, hope you liked the preview of PS Vita store
Our thanks to 'Ahmed_p800' for taking the time to produce this 'preview' for us Maxconsole readers
By GaryOPA on Feb 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM
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