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Don’t Panic: PS3 Firmware Changes PSN Accounts to SEN Accounts in Name Only

Published February 10, 2012 by |
Sony PlayStation Network

Sony released a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 this Wednesday that, among other things, changed the terms and conditions of their online service. We delved into this new user agreement to see what these changes actually mean for you — as chances are the majority skipped on the opportunity to give it a read.

First things first, the PlayStation Network (PSN) as a whole has not been renamed to the Sony Entertainment Network (SEN), despite all the confusion that’s been floating around recently. The only real change is that the account you use to login to the PSN will now be known as a SEN account.

So, in practice you login to the PSN with your SEN account. Simple. 

Sony reiterated that, “The rebranding of PlayStation Network accounts to Sony Entertainment Network accounts is a change in name only. Your username or password will not change, nor are we asking you to change them.”

This also means that the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Home and most importantly the PlayStation Network are all staying the same and don’t look set to change any time soon.

“This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering,” Sony explained. Adding that this change “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”.

Put simply, all you’ll be asked to do after downloading the 180Mb 4.10 system firmware update is to agree to the new terms and conditions then everything else will continue to be the same, with the PlayStation Network logo just as prominent as ever.

Beyond the SEN

The update doesn’t solely contain these legal amendments but also bundles a few surprises in the guise of an improved internet browser and a function to allow the time and date to automatically be set when you sign. While the latter is a small feature, the improved browser is something that has been long overdue.

This now means that the display of web pages has been optimised, page layouts are now displayed more accurately and some websites that previously failed to function properly such as YouTube and Twitter are now fully operational. Those literate with internet terminology may be interested to know that the PS3 browser now scores 80 in the HTML5 test where it previously recorded zero and 99 in the Acid3 test for web standard compliance.

The change in terms and conditions has also been included in the PlayStation Vita 1.60 update that rolled out yesterday. There’s no news so far as to whether the PlayStation Portable will get the same treatment.