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Sony to Change PlayStation Network to Entertainment Network

Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network (PSN) is set to be renamed the Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) as of 7th February.

This was relayed to users of the PSN in an email sent out over the weekend that said current Playstation Network accounts would be replaced with Sony Entertainment Network accounts from tomorrow morning.

This has been a long term process, since the SEN was technically created last year with certain services being taken under its wing. Essentially the function of the network won't change; it will simply be incorporating the PlayStation Network accounts with a merging of features. In reality, the changes shouldn't be noticeable by users apart from the name switch up.

Sony was keen to push this point, saying in the email: "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."

This is all part of the move Sony are making - just like Microsoft and Nintendo - of using the home console as a main entertainment centre instead of just a gaming machine. This is the big plan for the next generation, with the Wii U set to land first and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 a little later, most likely sometime early 2013.

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