Sony PlayStation Network Reborn as Sony Entertainment Network
Sony on Tuesday plans to roll its PlayStation Network into the existing Sony Entertainment Network (SEN), the company announced.
As such, PSN accounts will now be renamed SEN accounts, but users' current account information and services will remain the same.
SEN, previously called Qriocity, represents Sony's online streaming services, which includes music, games, ebooks, and video.
Sony said it is making the change to unify its branding. "This 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," Sony said in a statement.
The PlayStation Network branding took a beating last year, when the network went down for several weeks after a massive hack.
Sony’s PlayStation Store Back Online
After more than a month of downtime, the PlayStation Store is back online, Sony announced Wednesday night.
Sony promised a "huge lineup" of new downloadable games, demos, add-on content, themes, avatars, and videos. The company also added new full game trials, free games and DLC, free avatars, and more discounts, according to a blog post.
"The PlayStation Store is back online and thank you everyone for your patience," Sony said.
One thing that's not yet online is Sony's welcome-back package. In an effort to retain users who were without service following a massive hack of Sony's PlayStation Network, the company last month said it would provide free games, movie rentals, and virtual items.
Sony: (Almost) All PlayStation Network Services Online by Week’s End
Sony said Monday that the company will restore almost all of its services, including the Playstation Store, by the end of the week in the Americas, Europe, and most of Asia.
The exception will be Sony's Qriocity music service, at least in the territories Sony has restored. Sony also left its plans for some of the regions - Japan, Hong, Kong, and South Korea - undefined, and said it would provide updates as they come available.
By the end of the week, the following services will be available in the Americas, as well as the so-called PAL regions, including Europe: full functionality on the PlayStation Store, in-game commerce, the ability to redeem vouchers and codes, full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs, and full functionality on Media Go.
Sony didn't give a date, but the end of the week - Saturday - would be June 2.
PlayStation Hack to Cost Sony $171M; Quake Costs Far Higher
Sony said Monday that the effects of the Japan earthquake and tax provisions will drag the company into a $3.18 billion loss for its 2011 fiscal year. Costs from the PlayStation Network hack are expected to total $171 million, the company said.
The direct impact on Sony's sales for the earthquake is expected to be about 22 billion yen, or $268.9 million, Sony said. The effect on operating income is expected to be much greater, however: 17 billion yen ($207.8 million) for fiscal 2011, and 150 billion yen ($1.83 billion) for fiscal 2012, which ends in March 2012.
Sony believes that it will report consolidated revenue of 7,181 billion yen $87.8 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, down 0.3 percent from its February estimates, before the impact of the March earthquake. Sony's statements Monday are still estimates; Sony will formally announce its earnings on May 26.
PlayStation Network Log-Ins Down After Reported Password Exploit
By Chloe Albanesius
Sony's PlayStation woes continued Wednesday, with a reported password exploit prompting the company to temporarily disable PlayStation Network sign-ins.
The glitch affects PlayStation.com, PlayStation forums, PlayStation Blog, Qriocity.com, Music Unlimited via the web client, and all PlayStation game title Web sites, according to a post on the European PlayStation forums.
Sony’s PlayStation Network Outage: What You Need to Know
Last week, Sony's PlayStation Blog posted an ominous bit of news."We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down," a Sony executive wrote. "We will report back here as soon as we can with more information."
But the real kicker was the second line: "Thank you for your patience."
That line is even more ironic on this, Day 7 of the PlayStation Network's outage. Although the offline functions of Sony's flagship game console work just fine—users can play single-player games, watch DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and access stored media—anything that requires connecting to the cloud remains offline for an indefinite period. Although we don't know much, here's what we do know about Sony's online outage.