Sony has announced today the merger between Sony Computer Entertainment–the long-running PlayStation business–with Sony Network Entertainment to form a new company called Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC.
The move combines the offline and online parts of Sony’s entertainment business into one super PlayStation firm.
“The formation of SIE will create an even stronger PlayStation,” SCEE boss Jim Ryan said in a post on the European PlayStation Blog.
“That means an even bigger emphasis on developing pioneering platforms like PS4 and PlayStation VR, world-class games from our World Wide Studios development teams, and innovative network services such as PlayStation Vue. It also means a renewed commitment to making PlayStation the best place to play.”
Sony Computer Entertainment was founded in 1993, just before the original PlayStation hit the market. Since then, it’s overseen the releases of the PS2, PSP, PS3 PlayStation Vita and the PS4.
So what does the merger, effective April 1st, mean for gamers? Sony Computer Entertainment had employed a structure that saw its European and American offices act as entirely independent operations. Each possessed their own rules and processes for video game release. This meant, much to the frustration of gamers and developers alike, varied release dates and pricing across territories. Since Sony Entertainment Network was the company’s digital media delivery service, recently superseded by the PlayStation Network, maybe this merger signifies a more unified operation as alluded in the PlayStation Blog announcement? That’s really our only hope for the merger.
The only thing we can be sure of with this merger is that the games developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer contain the Sony Computer Entertainment title card.
What do you think about the merger? Will you miss Sony Computer Entertainment? Let us know what you think about this news in the comments.