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Sony delays launch of new PlayStation Store in North America

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sony has pushed back the launch of its new PlayStation Store in North America and Brazil, citing issues that have "caused inconvenience for users" in other countries where the redesigned store has already launched.

The new PlayStation Store user interface began rolling out to PlayStation 3 customers in Australia, New Zealand, and select European territories this week, but users complained of slow navigation and issues with adding funds to their PSN accounts. The new PlayStation Store was scheduled to roll out to PS3 owners in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil starting next Tuesday, October 23rd.

"Although the new PS Store is operating smoothly in most countries, there have been some issues that caused inconvenience for users," writes Eric Lempel, VP of Sony Network Entertainment on the PlayStation blog. "While we've already solved many of these issues, we've decided to postpone the October 23rd launch of the new store in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. We want to be certain that you have an exceptional experience with the new store, so we appreciate your patience as we complete the final phases before launch."

Sony has not announced a new launch date for the PlayStation Store update, saying the existing version will be operational in the interim.

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