Sony transferring PSN services to SNEA

Starting next month, Sony Network Entertainment America will be taking over online operations, requiring users to agree to new terms of service.

Given the game industry's penchant for April Fools' Day pranks, many gamers compensate by being overly vigilant about every bit of news that hits April 1. Sony is assuring gamers that at least one thing that day will be totally on the level, as the company is providing a heads-up about a change in the operation of the PlayStation Network.

Aside from agreeing to new terms of service, users shouldn't notice a change.

On April 1, operation of Sony Computer Entertainment America's online services will be handed over to Sony Network Entertainment America. For end users, the impact of the change should be minimal. Gamers' digital wallets and funds will also be transferred in the process; if a user declines the new terms, the account will be closed and the money stored in it will be refunded. When they sign on to their account, users will be asked to agree to a new Terms of Service and User Agreement with Sony Network Entertainment America. The full text of the new terms of service is available from the company's official website.

Established last year, Sony Network Entertainment already handles the online operations for Sony's Bravia, Dash, and Blu-ray players. Gamers may know it primarily for the Qriocity video and music streaming services, which use the same log-in information and virtual wallets as the PlayStation Network.

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WICGuardian
WICGuardian

Thanks a lot hackers, because of you now congress and other countries governments are gonna tighten the belt just a little bit more because nothing is once again safe and secure. We can't even kill a terrorist without having to watch our back with cyber terrorism. You say it's not terrorism, it is now.

BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

What new crap Sony is delivering for consumers in the new ToS? "You can not change anything of the system you have paid for and it is own,and if you do so,we will break into your home,steal the console and will put you in prison" If you find any terms which is taking any right away from you do not agree. If things go like this way i think an action should be taken by the customers to stop this nonsense.

meta1
meta1

Read the TOS! quote from the TOS. I just read all the way through it and I say BOOO "15. GENERAL LEGAL SNEA, at its sole discretion, may modify the terms of this Agreement at any time, including imposing a fee for creating PSN accounts." -SONY new TOS

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

making any attempt to modify your system will result in your stuff being repossessed, numerous amounts of court cases and spending the rest of eternity in hell.....

handofthedragon
handofthedragon

i knew it was only a matter of time b4 they made this decision

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Ooh, love new terms of service. I hope the new contract is filled with customer-rights-killing phrases like "you don't own any of the products you paid for, and we can take them away whenever we want."

blackace
blackace

I guess the Network Vendor that were paying to manage PSN wasn't doing a good enough job. Probably was costing Sony to much anyways, so now they will handle everything. This should be interesting.

McDog3
McDog3

Considering my PS3 is broke I assume my account won't be deleted since I can neither accept nor decline the new T.O.S.? At least I hope so.

fadersdream
fadersdream

@Raistlin555 yes, otherwise people might actually read them. They can't have that.

fadersdream
fadersdream

I can't remember the last ime I turned my PS3 on where I DIDN'T have to agree to new terms of service.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

interesting....look forward to seeing what this change brings to the table, if any at all..

Astaritobril
Astaritobril

This change is something that has been in the works for years. Sony brought it up during the E3 press conference in 2009. They have always been working toward a unified network that connects all of their Sony devices. It has nothing to do with the PS3 hack.

TTDog
TTDog

Knee jerk reaction to the system being hacked me thinks.

Khasym
Khasym

I don't understand why this is so hard for hackers to understand. If you sign a ToS, or by dint of action stated in hitting the "i agree/accept" button, accept one, you are agreeing to the responsible use of whatever software, hardware, or server connections you get. EULA's/ToS's aren't JUST to keep hate-speechers and conmen from using the same stuff you do, to steal or spew vitriol. The company you're getting goods from, has a public image to maintain. And shockingly, yes, Hacking and Jailbreaking, DOES impact a company's public image. What I really can't follow, is how these hackers think they're doing someone a favor. You wanna be a hero? Crack or hack games and consoles, then send them, WHOLE, to whoever made them, show them what you did, and how, and don't ask for money. Anything else, and you're nothing but a low rent thief with more time on his hands than a future convict needs.

emperiox
emperiox

I just got an email from them. What exactly is being changed in the new User Agreement? Does anyone know?

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

Yea but will they improve there online service? That is all i care about and hopefully switching over will do this however i doubt it. Id love if games started playing better online after the switch even though they play fine as it is and they should encourage people to play with a wired connection especially when playing fighting games.

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

I got an email about this too. So, is there anything on there about giving up your first-born child?

LanceVance87
LanceVance87

what will happen with all that mess from V8? people will still boycott this, won't they?

Jak-25
Jak-25

I also got an email from Sony about this.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Great! More jobs for the U.S.!! Hope we can steal some more!

Jinjuri
Jinjuri

I see... I see... A PREDICTION... A PROPHECY... *dramatic pause* Waves... armies... MIRIADS shall come, men... It is announced. Lag shall come for us. April 1st. Be awake. Be prepared. Be ready to die.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

If SNEA services accounts on Bravia TV's and blue ray players this changeover makes sense.

oneligas
oneligas

i expect problems from this and someone is going to get shafted on the roll over

Kismetic
Kismetic

Sony will ask for your soul, first born child, & undying allegiance throughout the universe in this new "Terms of Service". "Please Have You And Your Legal Team Read All Pages"

sk84uhlivin
sk84uhlivin

This statement is true, I got an official email from Sony stating this.

xincubuzzx
xincubuzzx

I hope it brings more better goodies I think it's time for a XMB change espacially for PS Plus

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

It just means one more click away between you and your online COD match.. i'd just accept anyways, i don't even read the agreement terms anyways :P

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

@Raistlin555 Judging by how many lawsuits involve TOS violations and claims, yes, they do. TOS have developed over the decades in response to such events.

amari24
amari24

I don't find myself playing online much anyways, so it's going to be a while before I do agree to them if ever..

the3pointshot
the3pointshot

umm... why does it matter? Does anyone actually read all of that anyway?

Da4biddenOne
Da4biddenOne

Im all for it because compared to XBL i think PSN is slacking in some areas. Not to be dissing PSN, but i mean come on XBL has alot of good exclusive titles like that updated version of the first Contra and Yu-Gi-Oh. I'll kill for those games. Never the less im sticking with Sony . Bring on those goodies SNEA.

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

So...PSN is now 1 extra click away? Sneaky Sony trying to keep me in Menu.

Raistlin555
Raistlin555

Do they really need to make the "Terms of service" a million words long?

DarthChristian
DarthChristian

on april fools day huh....i think i'll wait a few days before switching anything over

red-ray
red-ray

Nothing important for me, neither read the former terms of service nor going to read the new one.

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

I dont get this, why do we have to change from SCEA to SNEA? whats the reason for it? And if i decline to their terms and conditions will PSN be unaccesable to me until i accept?

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

As long nothing change in online gaming, I don't care....

ASRCSR
ASRCSR

I wonder if they will change anything with the service. Such as update the store on a different day or change the format

BigBillyX
BigBillyX

Will gladly accept user agreement and transfer my account to Sony Network Entertainment :)

zzamaro
zzamaro

I prefer to avoid going to the internet and also avoid going online on any my gaming consoles that day.