PSN Transferring to Sony Network Entertainment of America
Currently the North American PlayStation Network is being managed by Sony Computer Entertainment America, but that responsibility is about to change hands very soon.
On April 1st, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) will hand over all PlayStation Network responsibilities to subsidiary group Sony Network Entertainment America (SNEA). SNEA is already responsible for Qriocity, the Bravia brand, and Sony Dash hardware and Blu-ray players. Sony has stated with regards to this that “Your access to the best games, movies, TV shows, music and friends will remain intact.” Any less than that certainly would be shameful.
So don’t freak out, this isn’t going to effect your PlayStation experience in any major way, but it’s important to note that you’ll need to agree to a new Terms of Service plan, which can be found here. When you initially log in on April 1st or afterward a prompt will greet you, asking to agree to the new conditions for the new management. Accepting this will transfer your entire account, including any wallet funds, games, trophies, or otherwise associated with it. Declining the terms, which are extremely similar to the previous set, will grant a wallet refund and close the account.
It’s doubtful that any other major change will be noticed on the consumer end, but the reorganization should result in a different focus for Sony’s employees. If we’re lucky, we may even see more of those online features implemented that everyone has been so vocal about. Only time will reveal this, and we’ll be there to let you know if that happens.