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PlayStation Network To Encompass Games, TV, Video And Music As A Premium Entertainment Service Brand

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC. (SNEI) announced that PlayStation™Network (PSNSM) will be the premium entertainment service brand which encompasses games, TV, video and music services. "Video Unlimited" and "Music Unlimited," Sony's digital video and music services currently offered on Sony Entertainment Network (SEN™), will become part of PlayStation Network, and rebranded as PlayStation™Video (PS Video) and PlayStation™Music (PS Music) respectively.

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The_Infected935d ago

Is this what the upcoming event is about?

JoGam935d ago

I think it is. Whatever it is....Its Huge.

bmf7364935d ago

Machinima's (soon to be) former Inside Gaming has been saying that Xbox and PlayStation are going to reach the point of becoming services rather than product brands. Playsation now (and if Powers succeeds) are going to prove this.

BitbyDeath935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

@bmf, they tried that with the PSPGo and it failed.
Xbox tried it with XB1 and then had to quickly redesign it.

It won't happen again for a long long long long long long long long time.

BattleAxe935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

It doesn't take a genius to figure that out bmf. I've been saying that this what is going to happen for the last 3 or 4 years. The first glimpse into this was when Sony rebranded everything under the Sony Entertainment Network moniker. There are a lot of overhead costs in hardware manufacturing, and since Sony has been losing money from TVs, PC/Laptops and their mobile phone division, their slowly transforming their business.

Vaio was recently spun off into it's own entity, and Sony is now concentrating only on the high-end TV market, but I doubt that will last very long. Sony might even make an exit from the mobile phone industry, especially if the Xperia Z4 doesn't gain enough traction.

Personally, I've always been a fan of Sony's hardware, but there are other good hardware manufacturers out there like Samsung, who Sony could work with to distribute their digital services. A PS5 or PS6 made by Samsung but using Playstation branding and Sony's software might not be too far off.

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darthv72934d ago

""Video Unlimited" and "Music Unlimited," Sony's digital video and music services currently offered on Sony Entertainment Network (SEN™), will become part of PlayStation Network, and rebranded as PlayStation™Video (PS Video) and PlayStation™Music (PS Music) respectively."

Seems sony would eventually go this route like MS did. Capitalize on the platform brand instead of something different. Zune Video became Xbox video and so forth. It only makes logical sense.

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miyamoto935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

About Bloody Time Sony come to their senses!

Leverage the popularity of the PlayStation brand!

I want a 500 GB slim line PlayStation branded PS3 or PS4 Gaming Laptop.... NOW!

I want a tablet sized 10 inch PS Vita with DS4 support or optional controller add on peripheral

All with HDMI Audio Video Output to connect to huge ass PlayStation Branded HD TV monitors.

In a mobile electronics world we live in console should always come with their own screen where we can play games anywhere at anytime even away from home.

Dammit Sony get rid of the red tape inside your offices and get these things done!

The PlayStation Phone not the Xperia. A proper gaming smartphone that supports gaming.
I will drop my Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note for a PlayStation Phone.

@gansta red below

nice stealth troll

PlayStation has always been the original gaming console/ multi media entertainment hub since the PSOne and before the internet lifestyle. PSOne can play music and video CDs. Then PS2 added DVD playback, then PS3 added MP3, MP4 and Bluray playback and it has done that thing way better than any second rate trying hard copycat called the Xbox.

Drill that to your brain.

MeliMel935d ago

Funny you fanboys knocked MS for trying to be the all in one console. Playstation is doing it and everyone is happy as shit. You guys are looking more and more like hypocrites and thats not your fault. Trust me with everything going on with Sony maybe this was the best strategy going forward. I know i cant wait to watch Powers on Playstation.
Just remember tho that you guys were screaming you just wanted games now the vision that MS had is coming to fruition on the rival console. I just pinched myself to make sure I wasnt reading this in a dream. But no its happening.

N4GDgAPc935d ago

No one said they didn't want a all in one media center for Xbox. It's just when they first revealed it it pretty just talked about the media side and not much on gaming. From that first reveal it seemed like there main focus was media. Xbox and PS4 are a gaming console first. All the other stuff is a bonus.

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IGiveHugs2NakedWomen934d ago (Edited 934d ago )

@MeliMel

The Playstation 4 isn't trying to be an all-in-one console, however, Playstation itself is attempting to offer various entertainment OPTIONS (KEYWORD HERE IS OPTIONAL) to it's customers with optional services and through various peripherals. There's a difference between trying to convince people that they need products and services and trying to force them to pay for services and peripherals and asking customers what they want and offering it to them as an OPTION. Let's see if the aftermarket/optional marketing model is more successful than the "sell it and they will buy it" model.

UnHoly_One934d ago

Well Said, timotim.

If anything, in the past ten years, Sony has been the copycat following in Xbox's lead for new features and services.

But the greater point is, Who cares who did what first? It's really not important unless we just want to argue for the sake of arguing like kids.

"my dad can beat up your dad" and so on...

The bigger issue, in my opinion is the response from the fans here.

Xbox wants to integrate TV = Terrible

PS wants to have a paid TV service = Good

I don't understand. I really, really don't.

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GameDev1935d ago

Well it will definitely be about this, the new connection with spotify and other new initiatives for the future, definitely interesting to see what they will announce

But if you were expecting big game announcements, well..........

extermin8or935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

no i think at least one game announcement will be present, they seem to be focusing mainly on gamers first and everything else is additional and that seems to be working, it has ps4 on track to potentially be the best selling console ever, it's certainly the fastest selling to date I believe... and an excellent way to expand themselves into a services company-something they should have a decade ago.

KwietStorm935d ago

Likely. A "new PlayStation initiative."

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gangsta_red935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

Looks like Sony is trying to be the all in one media device. Focusing on a lot more than just games, they seem to want people and their users to know that they also have TV, movies and music to offer on their console too.

Interesting...

Godmars290935d ago

Considering that they're not just going to be offering the services on consoles, its only natural.

Versus what MS originally planned with the Xbox brand about making their console the focus.

gangsta_red935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

MS plan was doing exactly what Sony is doing now, MS were just more up front about it. Sony, on the other hand knew exactly what to say and how to market their system as "games first" all the while though they had every intention of doing what MS and what you are seeing here now all along.

Extremely well played by Sony and their marketing team, they did everything right as MS fumbled for being direct. Sony did so well in fact that some of their fans still think that entertainment was second to gaming.

You really think that MS didn't have plans to unify their services all along as they just announced recently?

extermin8or935d ago

@gansta_red the entertainment is second to gaming on the ps4- just not on the PSN they both seem to be being given equal space. Gaming is a form of entertainment infact it's arguably the largest of all of the entertainment sectors nowdays. So positioning gaming first sells it to the hardcore gamer market who buy loads of games, but someone that buys loads of games is also likely to like movies and music too-goes with the territory really. So then they add those services and build them up and people will use them out of convenience as that stuff will be available accross different devices. So whilst current gen gaming will remain exclusive to the current playstation platform-movies, music and previous generation games streaming will be everywhere and people will use it-capturing some of that casual market, some might even progress and buy new hardware in the future to play current gen games and get into gaming too. Well played sony well played but I don't expect them to ditch the gamer first plan because if they did they'd risk pissing off alot of people by seeming to 'abandon them' (you know what people are like...)

spacedelete935d ago

i thought Sony was already that since at least the start of the PS3 era. this is just changing names of their services and trying to make it sound fancy.

ainTgoTTime2bleed935d ago

As long as they don't become a watercooler I'll be fine, this won't be as easy as flipping a switch;)

Oschino1907935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

Sony produces some of the top TV shows, movies and music so it makes plenty of sense. This will not hinder a single thing on the games front, not even the amount of attention they get.

This is what I have been wanting for years, all my basic media entertainment tied together through a single account/network. It will as Godmars290 said be on many other devices too, most of which Sony also produces.

Nice stealth troll attempt though, casual readers probably won't notice.

gangsta_red935d ago (Edited 935d ago )

Yes, it does make a whole lot of sense. With their PSNow service I can see them moving all this on to their TV's, Tablets and any other supported mobile device.

And just like Apple, Google, MS, they will make use of a unified account through PlayStation Network, which is their most popular and recognized brand.

Seeing all these unified accounts, streaming service and cross-play features just makes me more convinced of an all digital console for next gen.

extermin8or935d ago

all digital yeah maybe- i see discs or some form of physical media existing but in smaller quantities- abit like albums STILL get a physical release but most music is consumed digitally these days.Maybe a digital only model that's slightly cheaper and then a disc based premium model of ps5 seems on the cards.... :o

Thatguy-310935d ago

Yea the only difference is that Sony actually invest a lot on games and knows that the console is a gaming device FIRST

ExPresident935d ago

I think it was obvious from the last gen that Sony and Microsoft both wanted to go for both gaming and multimedia. I have no problem with that. Its just where should the focus be? Gaming imo.

@Gangsta_red

In regards to your post I think MS focused to much on multimedia and that is why they fumbled, along with their initial DRM plans etc. It isn't that people don't want the multimedia aspect as part of their console, its that they want gaming to be the priority on a gaming console. That is why Sony is winning this gen.

gangsta_red935d ago

Why can't the focus be on both? It's not like Sony will cut back on games while they build up their entertainment features for PS4. Their 1st party and third party devs will continue to make games. Not one game developer will stop making games in favor of music, TV Shows or Movies or knowledge that Sony is planning this.

This is what I don't understand when people were so upset at MS and their media plans. Did people actually think that there would be no games or no focus on games just because MS was talking about everything else the Xbox One could do? That to me is just so strange, especially in this day and age where every device can do more than what it was originally built for. Especially when they even said in the reveal that they invested billions into gaming.

When Apple unveils it's new iPhone and talks about all the great new things it can do, does anyone ever say.."Well they didn't talk about phone calls, they are obviously not focused on me calling people.". No, it's a given.

MS seriously fumbled with the DRM, no one is arguing that.

Sony is winning this gen because of a lower price out the gate. Another brilliant move on their part, they waited for MS to announce their price and then they undercut them by 100, of course it was at the expense of the then included camera, but still another brilliant move by Sony.

GameDev1935d ago

No not really, with this comment and your below comment you are trying to make it seem like they are following MS idea's, they are not

Since PS3, they have always offered music, tv and other media services upfront. The difference is that compared to MS, games and games features(shareplay, remote play, games were revealed first) are more important upfront to the playstation brand, then others come later like the power series, playstation vue.

It is the reason the playstation 4 has more game related tech for remote play and shareplay built within it, why it has more powerful hardware from listening to developers than a tv integration technology that talks to all our media like the Xbox One has

You seem to be reaching too hard

KwietStorm935d ago

Of course Sony knew "exactly what to say." It's a gaming system. Only idiots would sell it as a TV device. Oh...

extermin8or935d ago

they don't need to sell it as a tv device-they just needed to put psn on their and other's smart tv's (like the samsung deals) and then they have the entertainment side covered too....

Godmars290935d ago

"You really think that MS didn't have plans to unify their services all along as they just announced recently?"

This is the same company which lacked the foresight to enable out of the box DVD movie playback on the first Xbox - couldn't because of how it's parts were licensed - where so focused on pushing online media they shortchanged the DVD drive to the point it ate discs, and now with the third its just a mess. Aside from making media a priority they tethered rather than cut cable, something which they seem to have reversed on only because of what Sony's doing.

moldybread935d ago

http://www.zdnet.com/articl...

microsoft already had a bundle that includes Office 365 Home, Skype Unlimited World and WiFi, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Music Pass.

meanwhile sony blocked ea access from happening, missing dlna support and only recently allowed mp3 playback but with a usb stick plugged in at all times while trying to promote its own music service instead. i take it you don't see that as a lack of foresight at all.

GameDev1935d ago

@moldybread

Am sorry but how is not allowing a game service like EA access when they have their own, not putting DLNA now which the PS3 had and can happen with the PS4, plus plex app already covers DLNA, and using a usb stick for music like the Xbox One a lack of foresight compared to MS promoting their game console as a TV media?

I mean if they had a lack of foresight with the PS4 selling so fast and so well worldwide compared to their competitors, what would have happened if they did use that foresight well??

moldybread934d ago

@GameDev1

the ps4 is selling very well because of many factors, that's not what is being discussed here. the discussion was about an apparent lack of foresight on microsoft's part about being a media device when sony is more of a media company and the ps4 is lacking features the ps3 had and is still missing features promised before the launch like resume and play.

what i also see thats very intriguing is how those who constantly pick at the xbox tend to ignore and give nintendo a free pass. by all accounts the wii u is more of a game console than both the ps4 and xbox one as it is even less of a tv media device yet it sells far worse. why is that? are sony loyal supporters that insecure about the existence of the xbox that they need to concentrate all their efforts downplaying it in order for them to enjoy the playstation more?