What do you want from PSNStores going forward?

Posted by on December 2nd, 2013 | 19 Comments | Tags:

I know it’s recently been hard to weed through a lot of the cross fire going on between fans of various systems and resolution debates but right now is an incredibly exciting time for our hobby. Video game systems aren’t released very often and with two new systems, one that’s just a year old, and two young handhelds on the market it’s incredibly hard not to be excited to see what the next year will bring us. In the next few months we’re going to see games like Don’t Starve, Octodad, Mercenary Kings, Doki-Doki Universe, Hohokum, Drive Club, inFamous Second Son, Destiny, and several other really exciting games. Now with those games and with new consoles comes change. Not only in the form of having games that weren’t possible before but also with features brand new to consoles. For example just over these past few weeks I think many of us discovered just how cool Twitch integration with a console is. For a website like ours the Share button alone will likely allow us to do a lot of cool new things.

Now recently there’s been discussions between various members of the site both on and off the podcast about ways we can improve and what new things we can do to make PSNStores the best that it can possibly be. These things tend to happen all the time as we’re always looking to improve but I think now is a great time to listen to our own readers and hear what you think. Our recent podcast featured, I think, some really great discussions not just about new features we can do but also where our website stands on a few different issues. (Eric for instance had a killer idea involving live streaming games while on a stationary bike. Giving us the chance to answer the age old question. How many miles on a bike equates to the ultimate heist?)

While we have some ideas of our own that will hopefully come to fruition soon we’d also like to hear from our readers. We post news, share our thoughts in the form of reviews, and record a podcast from time to time but is there something we’re missing? In what areas can we improve? What are things you like and dislike? A reoccurring theme in most of our discussions revolve around the fact that we’re a site spread all around the world. We might not be able to do certain things larger websites can do but perhaps there’s a middle ground that can be reached.

PSNStores is about keeping our readers up to date on anything related to the PlayStation Network, providing trustworthy reviews, and ideally posting an entertaining podcast for people to listen to. Some of our discussions have led to talks about changing some of the formatting in our news, reviews and podcast while also introducing new written features as well. We’re always thinking about how to improve and grow our reader base but there’s a group of people who are willing to take time out of their day and read our website. We thank you for that but we also want to know what you think the next step could be. You’re spending time out of your day reading our opinions and listening to our podcast. What do you want from PSNStores going forward?

Be sure to leave a comment, reach out to us on twitter @psnstores, or email us at editors(at)psnstores(dot)com. As always thanks for being a fan of the site!

I’ll be hanging out in the comments and on twitter for most of tonight to chat. – Curtis

  • Collin Crowder

    For me personally, a more consistent podcast schedule would be nice. In the recent episodes you guys talk about what news/reviews/features and such you have put up on the site, and that makes me want to come check it out. I enjoy the ESRB watch segment when it you guys can do it.

    I like the weekly streams of what were the new releases on PSN or PSM. And when the developers are on the livestream or in the chat, it makes it more enjoyable to participate, knowing they’ll be able to answer questions about the game.

    The PS Store sneak peak you guys do when the Blogcast comes out makes it a lot easier to get the information fast, instead of listening to the podcast and trying to find it.

    Really enjoying the site and the podcast guys, keep up the good work.

    • PSPenguin

      Some of our podcasting group have been super busy recently but I think we’ve come up with a way to keep the podcast going on a weekly basis. Thanksgiving prevented a podcast from happening last week but I’m hopeful we’ll be able to return consistently now.

      Thanks for commenting <3

  • Huseyin Unsal

    Would like some reviews on retail vita games like Y’s or Niche Japanese game’s since a lot site’s don’t cover that stuff and a consistent podcast schedule would be nice it adds personalty to the site. 🙂

    • PSPenguin

      Maybe I’ll branch out of Disgaea and see what I can do in regards to other niche japanese games.

      And I think I speak for all of us when I say we get you on the podcast thing. That said I think we have a solid plan for keeping the show consistent from here on out.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

    • Eric G

      I agree with the niche Japanese games. I used to enjoy dumping 30+ hours into them a few years back, but nowadays I’m getting as many hours as possible to play/review. Thanks for the feedback.

  • boobinz

    Myself right now I would love to see more ps4 games,and apps for the new system..avatars,Im pleased with the way it works and looks myself,Agree with the first poster..Keep Up The Good Work!..and thx for the opportunity to suggest,that in and of itself is pretty darn cool.. 🙂

    • PSPenguin

      Thanks for commenting. We appreciate it. 🙂

  • Daniel

    The best thing about PSNStores is the awesome podcast. I prefer listening to all your thoughts rather than reading reviews.previews,etc. (But I still enjoy reading those articles!

    For me, I tend to be more interested in your reviews of lesser known games that I am interested in seeing coverage of. So what I’m saying is, keep producing content on hidden games, great indie titles, PS Mobile gems, etc

    • PSPenguin

      Just recorded a new podcast last night 😀

      Thanks for your comment!

    • Eric G

      And much of that podcast was about hidden games :D.

  • Nintakaru

    I would like more Vita and PS Mobile livestreams, those were fun to watch and gave a good feel of the weekly releases, and I think the format could expand to PS4 or the PS plus releases.

    And keep the podcast going, its always fun to listen to you guys,

    • PSPenguin

      Absolutely. I think you’ll start seeing a lot of our editors streaming from their PS4 going forward. We’re all big fans of the feature.

      Thanks for the comment 😀

  • kab*10

    I’m just hoping for the eventual release of the PS2 Class Def Jams “…Vendetta” and “…FFNY” in the PSN Store.

  • Zoozoo

    So can the ps3 games be played on ps4 by Icloud stream service? Also, I hope the PSN store is easily to use for looking games

  • Freelance

    I just want you to continue informing us of new PSM games, since you’re the only guys who actually has decent coverage on them and you always seem to get the info on them first.

  • Devin Hudson

    You guys are doing a great job overall, and everyone else has already touched on most of the things I’d suggest.

    One thing I would suggest though is more developer interaction. I know access to developers isn’t something you can control, but it’d be great if you can do something involving them whenever you can. Stuff like the developer live streams, dev talk and developer interviews are great features as it always good to hear about a game from the people who made it.

  • HolyShitMatt

    I don’t have any suggestions to add, but I do have a critique. I find it difficult to view videos on the site itself. Unless I’m viewing live, the Twitch embed doesn’t do much good. I also don’t see a link to the Twitch account, although there’s a link to Youtube at the bottom of the site.

  • mrcurrie21

    The podcast is my favorite way to consume playstationnetworkstores.com. You guys do a great job keeping up with the lesser known titles. Usually, the first time I hear about digital only games are on the podcast or on the site. One minor suggestion on the website: I read the website via rss. When I read a review, there is no way to see the score. I have to go to the full site to see the stars graphic. It would be great if at the end of the review it said in text “3 out of 5”.
    Again, minor minor gripe. Keep up the good work!

  • Stephen Thomas Marro

    I would love to have quick access to a list of all confirmed (and maybe even unconfirmed) future PSN releases on each platform and each region.

    Having that kind of quick access would be awesome! I’m particularly fond of PSN games, but sometimes it’s hard to keep track of some of the smaller titles.

    Any chance to learn more about upcoming PSN titles is a good one, and I think PSN stores is up to a great start!

    I jump between this site, ps3 trophies, and the official Playstation blog for my PSN news, and often times I hear about many indie titles here first! That’s awesome!