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SCEA Online Services Transferred to SNEA

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Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced that it will be transferring its online services to Sony Network Entertainment America on April 1, including your wallet and all remaining funds. The move will come with the obligatory new terms of service and user agreement duo that everyone accepts without reading, but you can preview the new terms here. And no, it's not an April Fools joke.

CEO Kaz Hirai introduced SNEA at CES this year, saying that Sony would be "building upon the video, music, game, and book offerings on our Qriocity and our PlayStation Network services to deliver a compelling, unique experience for Sony across a wide range of consumer electronic devices."

The deal essentially unifies Sony's network activities, and that's strictly for Qriocity users, who will be able to use their PSN wallet for additional purchases (a nice convenience). Oddly, Sony reassures users that they can decline the new terms of service should they want to, and doing so will grant you all of your funds. But you probably don't want to do that.

It's been a busy week for Sony, first revealing their same-day digital download scheme for the NGP and then pledging allegiance to 3D for 2011. The company is looking to release 30 3D games during the year, having tallied the numbers of current 3D products such as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011: The 3-D Experience Exclusive Sneak Peek, which totaled 83,000 downloads in just one week.

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