PlayStation Network Accounts Will Merge with Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) on February 7

PlayStation Network Accounts Will Merge with Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) on February 7

Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) will cease to exist as of February 7, 2012, but fear not, the service isn't going belly up. It is, however, being renamed Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) which, along with a name change, will bring about changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement, as well as tweaks to the Privacy Policy, all of which are mandatory if you wish to continue using your merged account.

Sony highlighted what it feels are the most important additions and changes to the above mentioned agreements, and they include:
  • 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."

Tweaks aside, Sony insists this is merely a rebranding effort resulting in a change in name only. If you own a PSN account and a PlayStation 3 console or a Vita handheld, your username and password will not change, nor is Sony encouraging you to change them. Curiously enough, none of this effects the PlayStation Portable (PSP).

"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," Sony said.

You can review the changes in Terms of Service and User Agreement here, and the new Privacy Policy here.

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I know this is cosmetic, but lately Sony's "cosmetic" changes have been really getting annoying. It takes me about 2 minutes to get into a single player game these days. First there is the PS3's health warning, then several instructional scenes for Playstation Move which I don't have and non of my games support, and finally several unskippable cutscenes of developer, publisher, and 3rd party tools (though not really Sony's fault). 2 minutes in the grand scheme of things isn't much, but I wish they'd spend a little time on seeing what all of their little minor changes are doing to the end-user experience. They really pile up over time.

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Is it safe to assume that any money left in our PSN wallets will be safe during the transition? And what about PSN gift cards, are they still redeemable?

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