Sony to Turn PSN Accounts into SEN Accounts

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PSN Accounts to Become SEN Accounts

The times they are a changing, especially if you are aligned with or a fan of Sony. First came word that Sony had made Kaz Hirai, former Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment, the CEO and President of Sony Corp, a bold yet not wholly unexpected move. Then, in just a few weeks, will come the release of the PS Vita, Sony’s hot new handheld. And now, another big change is on its way.

Announced via email is a new transition for the company that will see all pre-existing PSN accounts turned into SEN, or Sony Entertainment Network, accounts. The changeover is purely cosmetic, as noted by Sony, but will be a multiplatform transition for everything but the PSP.

Now, to be clear, Sony isn’t announcing the death of the PSN, only the transition of PSN accounts into SEN accounts. In fact, nothing aside from the name will change — even account info like user names and passwords — will stay the same, but now they will be valid on a whole wealth of Sony digital devices, not just your game consoles.

According to the email this move is an effort to “enhance [Sony’s] unique digital entertainment offering,” a goal they outlined earlier last year when they abandoned the Qriocity namesake in favor of SEN. No word however on whether or not the change will see everything currently branded PSN now titled SEN, but that doesn’t seem likely.

After the PSN was put through the wringer last year, it almost feels like this move to the SEN is a chance for Kaz Hirai and Sony to start fresh with the PlayStation consumer. Obviously the PSP is a thing of the past, as indicated by it not getting the SEN switch, but the Vita and the PS3 are still very much of the present.

It might be odd to refer to Sony’s online services as the SEN at first, but if it helps us forget the PSN hacks, bring it on.

What do you think of Sony’s decision to roll PSN accounts into SEN accounts? Will that make things easier for future Sony devices or does it just complicate things?

Source: IGN


TAGS: PS3, PSN, Sony, Vita

  • Chris

    Definitely weird name change… with PSN I just say the letters… P-S-N.
    With SEN saying S-E-N just sounds weird since it’s pronounceable as SEN… which is weird XD I think for me this will be an MSN/WLM deal. Sure it’s called SEN (WLM) now but I will still call it PSN (MSN).

  • bean

    very true. ive never even heard of WLM until just now. PSN rolled off the tongue easily and ‘gamertag’ for XBOX has also been etched into common vernacular. the result of living in a ‘want everything now and fast and compact’ kinda society.
    SEN can work too. i just thought of “SENac”. it reduces the japanese-esque ring to it, while still all-entertainment compassing compared to ‘gamertag’. and could never work with PSN (PSNac? nah)

    “what’s your PSN?” commonplace although grammatically incorrect, can be replaced with:
    “what’s your SENac/SEN-ACC/SENAC” (SEN ACCOUNT) which is also one less syllable for the lazies.
    so it’s still short and sweet and maintains a one-up against xbox

    heard it here first, bean on GR!

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  • TheAvenger

    Does anyone know if SEN is a safer/more secure network service than the PSN?
    If so, then I’m happy with the change.

  • Sean “BlackJoker” P.

    What happens if you have a SEN account and a PSN account(under the same email? lol

  • Alex

    I just hope SEN is safer nd Sony is opening up now nd our accounts could be used on other products so this should be cool. Hopefully SEN is faster and better tho