As what seems like a first step in the effort of unifying all the cluttering online services after the troubling Q3 2011 financial report, Sony is currently in the process of sending out emails to inform its PlayStation Network subscribers that their PlayStation Network account will be known as Sony Entertainment Network account due Feb. 8. Sony Entertainment Network was formerly known as Qriocity before September 2011.
Note that Sony is not doing away with PlayStation Network, an online gaming service PlayStation users have come to know and love since the end of 2006. But rather, it is purely a cosmetic change, which will have no effect on your PSN login, password and services. As usual, expect the upcoming mandatory PS3 and PS Vita firmware update to introduce a new TOS (Terms of Service) before users can gain access to the online service again.
This marks a significant and meaningful effort from Sony to “enhance its unique digital entertainment offering” and to establish “a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account”, something our editor, Xen, has been criticizing as lacking of.
Curiously, PSN accounts on the PSP will not be given the rebranding for some reason.
A glimpse at the official email sent from Sony can be found below.
On February 8, 2012, your “PlayStation®Network account” will be renamed a “Sony Entertainment Network account” or a “SEN account” in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation®3 system software and PlayStation®Vita system software updates. (Note, this change will not be applied to the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system at this time.)
This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering. As a series of these activities Sony started last September, PlayStation®Network will be aligned with “Sony Entertainment Network.” This helps us get closer to our goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support during this transition.
The Sony Entertainment Network Team
SEN sounds the more aligning with Xen. So, Xen, are you happy now?
How about our readers? What do you think of the rebranding and unification?