But you see, that's still like renting the game.
First, there's buying a physical disc which you can physically touch and keep forever. Then, there's a digital purchase which you can not touch but have the convenience of no disc-swapping. And then there are free games from Playstation Plus, which is similar to renting games from GameTap or GameFly. I don't play my older consoles too much, but I do still have my games and am not going to sell them. What happens when I move on to a newer/different console than the PS3 and stop paying for PS+? For all intents and purposes, my games are gone.
I don't absolutely need physical copies, but I do want to feel like I own the game and am not just leasing it.
Originally Posted by Darth Marsden
Is that the new Playstation store? Hmm.
Originally Posted by Chyron8472
Well, there are little app-sized icons on the right of the store menus, with huge ad banners taking up the left. Also, you kind of have to know what you're already looking for because God help you if you don't.
The PSN Store is easier to navigate on a PC, but item purchases are somehow easier to make on a PS3 (once you know what you're looking for.)
Not only do giant banner ads take up half or more of the screen, making the useable interface feel crowded, but also several options in the menus are for PSP and PS Vita games. I don't have one, so these options are irrelevant.
The top menu of the PSN Store on the PS3 has huge ads, and then one long list of options--a list so long that you have to scroll down to see them all.
It just isn't very well designed at all. In the end, it's easiest to just scroll down to "All Titles", browse through every alphabetically sorted group to see what all there is, and pass up the games that turn out to be handheld-only.
As for purchases being easier to make on a PS3 than on PC--The PSN Store on the web seems to hate the idea of me using a credit card, and is rather insistent that what I really should do is buy a gift card from GameStop and pay with that. Well, I'm at home. GameStop is 4 miles away. If I want the game now, I don't want to have to bother.