Over the last week, we have been getting reports of e-mail notifications that point out that Sony, and more specifically SCEA is planning on switching its online operations to a new company name: SNEA (Sony Network Entertainment of America). In this e-mail, Sony explains it will be transfering its online services, including wallet funds. The shift marks Sony's latest move to unifiy and enhance integration across its broad set of services. Sony has posted its terms of service here if you want to give it a read, but aside from the obvious name change, there does not seem to be a groundbreaking switch:
An important message to you from the PlayStation(R)Network team at Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.
On April 1, 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (“SCEA”) will transfer its online services operations, including your wallet and the funds in it, to Sony Network Entertainment America Inc. (“SNEA”). The first time you sign in to your Sony Online Services account on or after April 1, you will be asked to enter into a new Terms of Service and User Agreement with SNEA. If you do not wish to enter into a contract with SNEA, you may decline the terms of service and we will close your account(s) and return your funds. You can preview the new Terms of Service and User Agreement with SNEA at: http://playstation.innovyx.net/r?xncJcvvEcWlHHqEHWcTvlvqcTlW
PlayStation(R)Network will continue to provide you with the highest standard of interactive entertainment. Your access to the best games, movies, TV shows, music and friends will remain intact. Thank you very much for being part of the PlayStation(R)Network online community! We look forward to continuing to bring you the best in innovative online entertainment!
Your PlayStation(R)Network password and Sign-on ID (USERNAME) is required to sign in to your Sony Online Services
account. Please go to http://playstation.innovyx.net/r?xncJcvvEcWJqTqEHWcTvlvqcTnJ to ensure your account information
is accurate and updated.
The PlayStation(R)Network Team
“PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks and “PS3 and “PlayStation Network” are trademarks of
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (C) 2011 Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404
The odd URLs still redirect to Sony official pages. Some people had rumored that this is a move that would allow Sony to charge for its playstation network services. We would not like that, however, it would make sense that Sony would make the switch to a paid service for its online gaming services in light of all that has happened with its flagship console, the PS3, being hacked to pieces at the beginning of this year.
Only time will tell, but so far this rumor does not seem too far fetched to become a reality. Let us know what you guys think!!