Sony, like many other companies lately, has opted into an attempt to unifying its online services. Sony has announced that they are changing the name of the 4-year-old PlayStation Network to Sony Entertainment Network, citing that it would help them get closer to their “goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account,” the company said in a statement.

The change is in name only of course, so you won’t have to worry about your account information, or changing passwords. This is purely a name change (much like our “Apple HotTips!” to “HotTips” name change). Users of the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita will see an update coming over the air sometime tomorrow to dish out this visual change, and all users (as always) will be required to update to the latest software version in order to continue using their online services. For no apparent reason, however, nothing has been said to come to PSP.

The Playstation is a very popular platform, with hundreds of popular titles, and millions of online accounts. It’s possible Sony could be planning new features and online services that don’t directly relate to “Playstation” in name. Aspects of their marketplace, such as music and movies, don’t really pertain to playstation individually, and Sony may be trying to unify everything to open up more possibilities in the future. Personally, I feel that’s a smart move. It’s exactly what we did when we dropped “Apple” off our name in 2010. It’s time to expand our horizons, and we couldn’t do that without a name change.

Do you think it is a good idea for Sony to change the name? Do you see any new products coming from them in the future?

(via PCMAG)

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