PSN Renamed Sony Entertainment Network

By Alastair Stevenson on February 6, 2012, 8:25AM EDT

Alongside a system update for the PlayStation 3 and Vita, Sony is set to rename PlayStation Network Accounts on Wednesday.

Re-Christened Sony Entertainment Network Accounts, the company clarified no action will be necessary from the users. The change comes as a part of a wider move by Sony to unify its online media services. Only the company's soon to be outdated PSP is confirmed as being exempt from the update - presumably because it isn't sufficiently powerful.

"This transition is based on Sony's goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering," read Sony's statement. Continuing: "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.

"Your Sony Entertainment Network account also enables use of Sony's non-game services such as Music Unlimited, Video Store of PlayStation Store and PlayMemories Online (previously called Personal Space) across a variety of network-connected devices."

The company already uses the same UI across many of its products outside of the PlayStation series of devices. Microsoft has also taken a similar strategy, with the Xbox 360's new UI adding the same tiled interface currently used on the Windows Phone OS.

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