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Sony Say "Entire PSN" Will Become SEN

Not just accounts.

Further to the emails that went out over the weekend to PlayStation Network subscribers that said accounts would be renamed to Sony Entertainment Network accounts, Sony have confirmed (to Eurogamer) that it’s wider reaching than just accounts.

Indeed, despite our article to the contrary, it’s not just PlayStation Network accounts that will be changed, but “the entire PSN platform will become Sony Entertainment Network.”

A spokesperson for Sony confirmed to the site that the PSN being changed to SEN will make it “clearer and easier” for people to associate everything that Sony does.  We’re also hearing a firmware update will make some of these changes apply to PlayStation 3 in the near future.

Which is about as concrete as it possibly could be.

Update: Sony has again contacted Eurogamer to explain that they missed out a word in their original clarfication. That word was “account”, which completely reverses the meaning of the statement they made earlier.

The updated Sony statement now reads “It’s just an account name change and will be called SEN from now on. Should make it clearer and easier for people to associate the service with all Sony products and have one log-in.”

Which confirms what we originally assumed over the weekend. If we’d made this up, nobody would have believed us. Bizarre.

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68 Comments
  1. Jacko
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    I’m still calling it PSN.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:36.
    • AG2297
      Community Manager
      Since: Feb 2009

      I’m going to call it PSEN.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:40.
      • Jacko
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        Catchy.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:43.
      • blackredyellow
        Member
        Since: Mar 2009

        With a silent ‘P’?

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 14:16.
      • AG2297
        Community Manager
        Since: Feb 2009

        I’ll just say it how I say PSN: “P-S-EN”

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 14:38.
      • jikomanzoku
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        I’m going to write it as “Raymond Luxury Yacht” but pronounce it “Throat wobbler mangrove”.

        Comment posted on 13/02/2012 at 22:11.
    • jediryan123
      Member
      Since: Nov 2008

      ^lol

      Comment posted on 07/02/2012 at 11:33.
  2. AddictedAndy
    PS3Addict
    Since: Oct 2008

    I don’t care what its called. Just want to be able to see my downloads!

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:36.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      Same, they can call it whatever they want.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 16:08.
      • AddictedAndy
        PS3Addict
        Since: Oct 2008

        Mine were working again this morning

        Comment posted on 07/02/2012 at 10:01.
  3. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Why the big kerfuffle? the functionality remains, and this is simply folding all PSN accounts into a new, wider, more concerted digital marketplace for all aspects of Sony’s many businesses.

    SEN accounts are now to Sony what the Apple ID is to Apple, what a Google Account is to Google. Unified and universal.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:40.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      PlayStation Network itself will be no more, not just a changing of the name of the account. FW update will rebrand it on PS3/Vita

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:42.
      • teflon
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        Doesn’t change any of the functionality, though, from a purely PS3 and gaming perspective nothing is really different, except that all mentions of PSN become SEN.

        When it comes to wider functionality and services, it just means I’ve already got an account and log in details for when they come about, and I want to use them.

        So again, why the big kerfuffle?

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 15:24.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        No kerfuffle except Sony haven’t a clue themselves.

        1st they announce name account change but fail to clarify network name change leaving stories to run out of control

        Then they do clarify it as a network name change not just account name change

        Then they now re-clarify their incorrect clarification an it is just an account name change not a network name change.

        No difference to anyone whatever anything is called, kerfuffle is Sony’s handling of a simple pr matter & their subsequent (mis-)handling of it

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 15:44.
      • Deathbrin
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        No more ending Pulse tune. “This has been a presentation of the PlayStation network.”

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 20:56.
  4. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    It makes perfect sense, Sony get the chance to join up all their services regardless of the device you choose to access them on.

    PlayStation is a strong brand, sadly for Sony, ‘Sony’ itself isn’t really any more. Every division except for PlayStation is way down the list of brands in their respective markets, although I suppose it could be argued that even PlayStation is 3rd out of 3.

    Oh well, good job it doesn’t really matter what they call it, I just hope there’s less intrusive maintenance in future than there has been.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:40.
  5. englishgolfer
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    sen means “late” in swedish. bit fitting at the moment…

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:40.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      At least Sony have carried out research and named the network appropriately then.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:50.
    • HDNdk
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      or just in scandinavian

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 13:44.
    • benco666
      Member
      Since: Nov 2011

      SEN means dream in slovak language :) so lets hope it`s going to be a dream to use it.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 13:50.
      • Bladesteel
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Nightmares are also dreams.

        If they just fix the downloads list in the store so it can be categorized and searched the same way as all the content I’ll be happy.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 15:45.
  6. Mike
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    So, what were you saying, Jas-n? ;)

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:41.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      henceforth to be known as J-SEN.. :)

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 13:01.
      • Mike
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Hah!

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 13:02.
      • hannes_truce
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        That’s possibly the funniest thing I’ve read today :-D

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 13:27.
  7. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    does it mean if we are called the same as SCEA etc, that we get as good as their service? naaaaah ! Still the same rubbish

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:50.
  8. Jacko
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    To be honest, I couldn’t care less what it’s called.

    If it lets me play games online, the name doesn’t matter.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:54.
    • minerwilly
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      Here Here .

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 21:27.
    • aerobes
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Right?

      The biggest surprise in all of this is that people actually appear to care. Remarkable.

      Comment posted on 07/02/2012 at 03:44.
  9. Sad Panda
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    I’d settle for them fixing the damned thing, rather than changing it’s name.

    It would be a nightmare if they didn’t have it fixed by the Vita Launch, and a personal hell if we cannot get The Simpsons Arcade game on Wednesday. The live arcade is continuing to tempt me and I don’t want to waste my cash.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 12:58.
  10. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    I think i just heard Jas-n explode.

    As long as i can still access my account, i don’t really care about the rebranding. Does this mean that SCEE will get rebranded into a better company then? ;)

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 13:02.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      New name, same soul, old ways

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 13:12.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Not if they use the power of generic item to wipe their memories and thus use them to give us an excellent service.

        Or do a massive poll to see what everyone thinks of them, thus forcing them to step up their game.

        Comment posted on 07/02/2012 at 11:08.

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