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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/06/2011

PlayStation Network to get a makeover, reports say


Sony announced it will restore the PSN in Japan this week. (Yuriko Nakao - Reuters)
The PlayStation Network is rumored to be getting a redesign, addressing complaints that the menus are too busy and difficult to navigate.

According to the Register, Sony is market-testing a new, more graphic design that also features an instant search feature that pushes users results as they type.

Movies and games will also have a new search interface, the report said. Key details about a title will appear on the right-side of the screen when selected, such as a film’s leading actors or a game’s publisher.

Sony is smart to address complaints its users have had about the PSN’s interface as it attempts to rebuild its relationship with gamers after suffering hacks on its PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services.

Gamers are clearly still wary about the state of Sony’s security.

PlayStation Universe confirmed that Sony’s PlayStation Network went down briefly for maintenance this morning, undoubtedly giving some gamers flashbacks to the PSN’s nearly month-long outage in the U.S. The company announced Monday that it will restore the PSN in Japan on Wednesday — months after the network went dark in mid-April.

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By  |  09:26 AM ET, 07/06/2011

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