SONY PlayStation users might not have noticed this recent change to the PSN store, but it is massive.
PlayStation rolled out a new firmware update this week, 6.0 to be precise, but it seemingly did nothing.
A bit of a let down for those hoping for a raft of big new changes to the console system.
However, there was another change to the PS4 just prior which you might not have noticed. In truth, we completely missed it until we were attempting to search for the FIFA 19 demo earlier this week.
Still, whilst late, we figured we’d let you know about it too.
So here it is. After years of complaints, Sony has finally changed the way to search for content on the PlayStation Network.
No more strange letter abacus-like the below.
The new search function is effectively just like the normal conventional QWERTY keyboard layout you see on so many other websites and systems.
In principle, it takes the form of the same virtual keyboard used by the PS4 to enter credit card information or search friend lists.
A representative for PlayStation also confirmed additional details to IGN, who told their fans:
“The changes are being rolled out globally, and include changes to the keyboard, more content details, and other alterations.
“In addition to creating a faster search tool, users will enjoy expanded functionality, as the tool can be used to search for games by name as well as by genre, studio, or even publisher.”
The representative for PlayStation also confirmed that the changes are entirely separate from any software beta tests.
As mentioned previously, Sony rolled out their newest PS4 firmware update.
However, the 6.00 update, a round number which normally brings about big changes for the console, brought only disappointment.
Sony said it was to ‘improve system performance’ and nothing more.
And as expected it left many fans a little annoyed. The top comment on a PS4 sub-reddit gives a pretty good overview of the sentiment shared by most of the community:
“Either there is some huge hidden feature announcement coming, or this is the biggest troll of an update ever.”
As noted by IGN, some community members are still optimistic something is coming following the release of the new update..
“It seems very odd that they would make a stability patch an incremental update and have a beta test for it and everything,” wrote user survyguy79.
“Something tells me there is more to this update than we know yet and Sony has to switch it on over on there side.”