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Sony Europe Explains Delayed PSN Launches: It's Up To Publishers

European PlayStation Store users are protesting significant delays in PSN content after its North American debut -- but Sony says that's down to publishers' own plans, rather than its own processes.
European PlayStation Store users have observed sometimes-significant delays in the arrival of content that's already available on its North American storefront counterpart -- but Sony says that's down to publishers' own plans rather than its own processes. Sony's Angela Madronero, the European PlayStation Store's manager, said in a blog post this week, "The decision about whether and when to release a game for sale is in the hands of the individual publisher." Madronero pointed out that Sony attempts to release its own first-party content "across all the PlayStation-Stores, simultaneously," but can't dictate how third parties schedule their products. Explaining further, she cited factors such as technical glitches, digital rights management issues, and the demands of localization as reasons why content might take longer to appear, or not appear at all in some regions. The biggest complaint by far from those responding to the story in the comments section, however, was the lack of a dedicated demo download section in the European store. On that topic, said Madronero, "Download figures for demos in the US Store and the European Store are very similar, so it seems that most visitors to the European Store are able find demos easily in whichever store they visit. For this reason we are not planning to change the placement of demos in the store."

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