With Sony working towards a global platform integrating all of their online services together comes a change in name for the PlayStation Network which will be renamed on February 8th.

On February 8th, the PlayStation Network become the Sony Entertainment Network. Although the change is in name only, it serves a big purpose in unifying all of Sony’s online services together under one umbrella. As Sony puts it, this will help the company reach the goal of “establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.”

The change won’t affect the PSP at this time and maybe it never will with the system on the way out however, it will affect PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita accounts. All usernames and passwords will remain the same and there will be system software updates introducing the new Terms of Service before users can gain access to the network.

Here’s the e-mail that’s making the rounds to PSN users notifying everyone of the change:

“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.)

For general purposes, this account change is a change in name only. Your username or password will not change, nor are we asking you to change them. In accordance with this transition, some necessary naming changes will be made to the TOS and Privacy Policy.

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.

Sincerely,
The Sony Entertainment Network Team”

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