The new and improved PlayStation Network Store is set to go live, but is it part of a larger push to grow Sony's online offering.
They are definitely banking on Home as an online platform, but what else is going on?
According to Sony's Scott Steinberg, "On the network side, we've stated that we're in a closed beta now for Home, we'll be rolling out functionality later this year, both for the Network and making Home public to others. So 2008 is going to be the year where both on the service side as well as on a Blu-Ray side, you're going to see everything that we've got."
This is definitely the year the Sony needs to push the PS3 and get back in the game. They are beginning to get see increased hardware sales and Metal Gear Solid 4 is just around the corner, but the major exclusives aren't dominating the release schedule yet.
Gamers, especially with multiplayer games, are going to flock to the Xbox versions of multi-platform games because of Live and Sony really needs to get serious about the PSN to compete.
What type of improvements would you like to see to the PSN? Obviously the in-game XMB with access to the friend list, voice chat, and game invites should be top-priority. What else?