April 1st could see the end of PSN and the start of SNEA?


April 1st is commonly known as April fools day but in this case I don't think Sony is joking, on April 1st when you go online from your PSN id you will be prompted to agree to a new ToS and Privacy Policy, failure to agree to the new ToS can lead to your account being shut down ... PERMANENTLY. I just got a very interesting email from Sony in my PSN linked email address.

Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:26:53 -0500
From: PlayStation Network
Subject: Important Notice: New Terms of Service and User Agreement


An important message to you from the PlayStation(R)Network team at Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

On April 1, 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC ("SCEA") will transfer its online services operations, including your wallet and the funds in it, to Sony Network Entertainment America Inc. ("SNEA").

The first time you sign in to your Sony Online Services account on or after April 1, you will be asked to
enter into a new Terms of Service and User Agreement with SNEA. If you do not wish to enter into a contract with SNEA, you may decline the terms of service and we will close your account(s) and return your funds. You can preview the new Terms of Service and User Agreement with SNEA at:

Privacy Policy

PlayStation(R)Network will continue to provide you with the highest standard of interactive entertainment. Your access to the best games, movies, TV shows, music and friends will remain intact. Thank you very much for being part of the PlayStation(R)Network online community! We look forward to continuing to bring you the best in innovative online entertainment!

Your PlayStation(R)Network password and Sign-on ID (MY PSN ID) is required to sign in to your Sony Online Services account. Please go to >> PlayStation® Knowledge Center | Support - PlayStation.com to ensure your account information is accurate and updated.

The PlayStation(R)Network Team

"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks and "PS3" and "PlayStation Network" are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

(C) 2011 Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404

could this be the end of PSN? or could this be a joke? I mean I get mail all the time from people pretending to be Blizzard employees trying to con me out of my World of Warcraft account details I am sure Sony hasn't gotten this drastic to cancel your PSN if you don't accept the new ToS.

For now this email is making news all over the web but maybe this could come out as a hoax because this is the first time I have ever gotten a mail from Sony, after GeoHot jailbroke the PS3 I had to agree to a new ToS to sign into PSN and I remember not receiving any email prior to it so maybe this is a hoax from a clever group of hackers who wanna make the public think that Sony is gonna make PSN a pay to play service like XBOX live.

One thing is for sure, that if and when Sony does make PlayStation online gaming a Pay to play service that's when i'll quit console gaming and revert back to PC. Sony might be shooting themselves in the foot if they follow in the footsteps of Microsoft.

For now all we can do is wait.