On February 8, the PSN will transform into the SEN.
That is to say, the Playstation Network, which has powered the PS3's online connectivity features, will be swallowed by a new initiative by Sony to tie all entertainment services together, known as the Sony Entertainment Network.
"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.
There won't be much of a change to PS3 or PSP (or soon to be Playstation Vita) owners. It is simply a name change. It smells of when Microsoft changed many of its online services like Hotmail and MSN Messenger to a streamlined naming convention of Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Messenger.
Just like Microsoft is beginning to blend its different divisions together, tying mobile phones to the Xbox, both of which can connect with Windows PC users, Sony hopes to bring users together in a massive online infrastructure.
What remains unclear is exactly how massive it will be. Sony doesn't have its hand in as many cookie jars as Microsoft when it comes to online user accounts, but it has been growing with regard to music, movies, and media.