PSN is changing to the SEN this Tuesday

Sony confirmed in a press release, as well as in emails to PSN users, that this Tuesday, February 7th, the PSN name will be no more. The PSN will be changing into the SEN (Sony Entertainment Network). The email assures us that this is “a change in name only.” Your username and password will remain the same, and anything you purchased for your PSN account will now belong to your SEN account.

The email notes a software update will coincide with the name change, however, “this change will not be applied to the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system at this time,” probably because the new features will not be available on the PSP. Privacy Policy and Terms of Service will also be updated with this change, and, of coures, “you will be asked to agree to ‘them’ if you wish to continue using your Sony Entertainment Network account.”

So what do you think? Sad day for us long time PSN fans, or a step in the right direction for Home Entertainment?

If you haven’t read it yet, you can read the entire email after the jump.

On February 7, 2012, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (“SNEI”) will update its Terms of Service and User Agreement and its Privacy Policy. As a part of this update, your “PlayStation®Network account” will be renamed a “Sony Entertainment Network account”

The first time you sign in to your Sony Entertainment Network account on or after February 7, 2012, you will be asked to agree to the new Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy with SNEI if you wish to continue using your Sony Entertainment Network account. Please review all changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy carefully before indicating your agreement.

In particular, these are some of the additions and changes we have to these agreements:

New terms for parents of minor, subaccount holders regarding the limitations of chat parental controls. Your reacceptance of the Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy affirms your consent to the sharing of your child’s data that may occur if your child utilizes certain communication functionalities on PlayStation devices such as PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems.
New terms that explain the location-based services offered through the PlayStation Vita system. For parents of minor, subaccount holders your reacceptance of the Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy affirms your consent to your subaccount holder’s user of these services on the PlayStation Vita system.
A description of our “What’s New” section, which provides topical information about our services and advertisements.
Information about pre-ordering content.
The name of your “PlayStation Network account” is changing to a “Sony Entertainment Network account.”
You may click here to review the changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and you may click here to review the changes to the Privacy Policy.

The rebranding of PlayStation Network accounts to Sony Entertainment Network accounts is a change in name only. Your username or password will not change, nor are we asking you to change them. On Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems, this rebranding will occur in connection with software updates for these devices. (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.

The Sony Entertainment Network account also enables use of Sony’s compelling non-game services such as Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and PlayMemories Online (currently called Personal Space) across a variety of network-connected devices. If you do not agree with the new Terms of Service and User Agreement or Privacy Policy, you may decline to accept them, and you will no longer be able to access your account.

If you wish to close your account or request a refund of your wallet balance, or have any questions, please contact Customer Service by clicking here. For more information, please click here.

Thank you very much for being a customer!

Written by: Oly - Senior PR Manager

  1. #1 by Darklurkr23 on February 6th, 2012 [ 30321 Points ]

    As long as I don’t need to buy shit again it’s fine by me 😀

  2. #2 by SubMonkey on February 6th, 2012 [ 110 Points ]

    This is a sad dad. 🙁 The PSN should remain separated. I hope it will not change much over time with this change coming Tuesday.

  3. #3 by SubMonkey on February 6th, 2012 [ 110 Points ]

    sad day*

  4. #4 by dragon290513 on February 6th, 2012 [ 7218 Points ]

    its just sony trying to unify its account services, sort of like Apple with iTunes or Google with well google accounts…For now its a change in name only, we should not be affected much other than accepting a new EULA

  5. #5 by Cheeto on February 6th, 2012 [ 29109 Points ]

    Yeah, this is not much of a big deal really. In fact, this is the logical thing to do. I guess Sony is taking a step forward in the entertainment department. Many changes will come with the new leadership.

  6. #6 by pedrolabate on February 6th, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    If this comes with a decent revamp of the whole store I say go for it! That thing need a lot of work! Other than that, really won’t affect anyone I believe.

  7. #7 by UniFork on February 6th, 2012 [ 2610 Points ]

    This was kind of inevitable. Don’t as such have a problem with it, since it’s as such just a name change, for us consumers. For Sony it’s a bit of tidying up to do, I suppose. Bring their customers under one roof. ..I just hope they don’t mess up on security again.

  8. #8 by Sakinah on February 6th, 2012 [ 26489 Points ]

    I guess this is what that 18 hour maintenance was mostly about. Going to have to get used to new name.

  9. #9 by Abkanis on February 6th, 2012 [ 1064 Points ]

    While cruising some forum post somewhere I saw something along the lines of “we were only promised free PSN access, not necessarily extended to SEN; this might turn into a more x360ish kind of deal” except being a forum post it was littered with spelling mistakes and slurs.

    I don’t particularly believe this, but I don’t need to be a lawyer to see the technicality rightness of it. But yeah I personally think (hope) its just a name change to launch some new service.

  10. #10 by The_Nmac on February 6th, 2012 [ 62233 Points ]

    I hope that I can finally play all of my PS1 games on my sony tablet. Currently they have a separate playstation store on the tablet. It would be great to get them all on my tablet.

  11. #11 by pedrolabate on February 6th, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    @Abkanis that actually makes sense… though I can’t imagine the kind of repercussion it would cause… Lets hope it’s not the case.

  12. #12 by Jason on February 6th, 2012 [ 28406 Points ]

    vitasen hehehe sen+

  13. #13 by EdEN on February 6th, 2012 [ 216816 Points ]

    @Jason: Vita Sen Delight!

  14. #14 by Oly on February 6th, 2012 [ 132605 Points ]

    I also don’t think this is a big deal, and probably a step toward a better experience.

    Also how come no one mentioned my awesome GIF? lol

  15. #15 by wolfkin on February 6th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    sad day? happy day? i’m confused.. if literally nothing is changing by nebulus privacy terms and the name.. then it’s basically the same day. Someone want to break down for me in real terms ANYTHING that’s changed that would make me feel something.. i just want to feel.

  16. #16 by Kane112 on February 6th, 2012 [ 35672 Points ]

    meh dont really care about the name change as long as they dont start charging for it

  17. #17 by Isli on February 6th, 2012 [ 73935 Points ]

    @Oly: You know, I really love the gif for this. I’m not sure why…just something incredible about it (was that good?).

  18. #18 by Armorking619 on February 7th, 2012 [ 20 Points ]

    I don’t like the change. I also don’t like that we don’t have a say on the matter.

  19. #19 by EdEN on February 7th, 2012 [ 216816 Points ]

    @armorking619: As long as the only thing that changes is the name, we’re good. Last update that changed something really did a number on us, bringing down the number of times a piece of software could be activated on a system (from 5 to 2).

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