Sony transferring PlayStation accounts to 'SNEA'

On April 1, Sony will be transferring accounts from Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) to Sony Network Entertainment America (SNEA). This is not a prank. At least, we don't think so.

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Sony will be changing user accounts on the day most likely to make everyone think it's an elaborate prank. Joystiq reports that on April 1, your Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEA) account, including the funds in your wallet, will be transferred to Sony Network Entertainment America (SNEA).

The new arm of the company will be handling online services from now on, so you'll need to agree to a new Terms of Service and User Agreement. You can opt out, in which case SNEA will return any existing funds in your account and, presumably, cut you off from the PlayStation Network. The new ToS agreement can be viewed at Qriocity, implying that Sony is making good on its promises to tie the music and movie service more directly to the PlayStation brand.

The network change comes as Sony prepares to roll out the NGP. Sony seems to be positioning the device to compete with the runaway success of the iPhone, so bringing all of the network activities under one umbrella would be a sensible move in that direction. Even if, you know, it involves Qriocity.

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    March 24, 2011 2:30 PM

    Comment on Sony transferring PlayStation accounts to 'SNEA', by Steve Watts.

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      March 24, 2011 2:35 PM

      Summary: On April 1, Sony will be transferring accounts from Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) to Sony Network Entertainment America (SNEA). This is not a prank. At least, we don't think so.

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      March 24, 2011 2:53 PM

      I'm guessing that they think this somehow brings people outside of the US into it's jurisdiction when they do something 'wrong'.

      If true, a pretty stupid panic move by Sony.
      If false, a pretty stupid panic move by Sony.

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        March 25, 2011 12:06 AM

        I think this is a Bait for geohot, if he accepts this new terms of conditions he can be in trouble, because they are deperately trying to take the case to the california tribunals these days.

        Its really sad that they are screwing all of the PSN users just because they raged against a man, and they are now blinded by that rage.

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      March 24, 2011 3:20 PM

      is this real? I got an email notice of this, but it was put plain text and directed to a non sony.com domain to view it and log in with your creds.

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      March 24, 2011 3:44 PM

      If there's one thing Sony's good at, it's writing Terms of Service Agreements. I have to agree to one just about every time I turn on my PS3.

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        March 24, 2011 3:48 PM

        Yeah, this definitely bugs me.

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        March 24, 2011 3:49 PM

        do you turn on your PS3 every month?

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          March 24, 2011 5:50 PM

          you know how it goes "everytime I turn on my PS3 there's a firmware update/patch that takes years to download and install" or "finally a game that makes me dust off my Wii". same ol' same ol'.

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      March 24, 2011 9:24 PM

      Id rather have firmware update and a console that keeps updating itself , than some other console that have been staled for 3 years now.

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      March 25, 2011 12:31 AM

      i tried that Qriocity, more like atrocity

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        March 25, 2011 4:30 AM

        Fucking un-install it NOW and disable automatic wallet funding on your account! - The wording on that shit program did NOT say "by installing this, you agree it is free for one month, then paid ongoing subscription" - I was under the impression I isntalled something "free for one month, then cuts off and you can opt to continue using it in the menus and pay money"

        Not so - they billed me for 12.99 last week, I've called the bank to cancel the transaction, fucking cunts.

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      March 25, 2011 7:11 AM

      Sony really is alienating their customers. Its little things like this that will continue to push people in the direction of Nintendo, MS and even apple at this point....

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      March 25, 2011 7:20 AM

      I don't understand what this means for me? I don't play online or have the Plus service. I just play SP games, watch netflix and watch blu rays.

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      March 25, 2011 12:39 PM

      Sony is finally---after however many years of itunes---implementing a coherent digital media strategy. They're not just going to offer downloads through Playstation hardware anymore, and that's what this change in service is about.