PS Store To Feature Mature Section
Given the amount of freedom afforded by the upcoming PlayStation Home, Sony realizes they may have to restrict adult content somehow. Now, considering the PlayStation Store's inevitable connection to Home, it would make sense that they implement the same sort of restriction. Apparently, that's coming when the updated Store goes live in a few weeks time.
According to The BitBag, the Store will boast a new "Mature" section, which will include M-rated games, adult movies and other content that shouldn't be made available to the younger demographic. The Store is still functional - and will remain that way throughout the upgrade process - but this section isn't currently accessible; you're only taken to a sign-up page at this time. Of course, you'll have to verify your age to get into this restricted area, and if you do, Sony will contact you within a few days via PM. You won't be able to reply to the sender and the user name will the PlayStation logo; the message will include an attachment that functions as a mini-update for your system. That update will, obviously, unlock the adult-related content on the Store.
We figured it was only a matter of time before the Store sees something like this, especially with Home on the way. We'd like to assume this is true - tough to do on April Fool's Day - and if it is, we're forced to wonder: will you only be able to download demos for "M"-rated games via the limited access part of the Store? That could annoy some younger gamers, even though we kind of agree with the concept...
4/1/2008 Ben Dutka