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PSN Sign-in Coming to PlayStation.Blog Next Week

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar Posted by on Jan 16, 2009 // Sr. Social Media Manager

You asked for it, we talked about it – the day is nearly at hand. We’ll be implementing PSN Sign-on for the PlayStation.Blog this coming Tuesday. Once again, we believe this will contribute to a better community experience, and more relevant discussion here on the Blog. As the PSN ID is now the connective tissue between PS3, PSP, and, this move also lays the groundwork for further enhancement to your user experience.

You’ve probably got some questions. We’ve got answers:

What changes are being made?
Starting on Tuesday of next week in order to comment on the PlayStation.Blog you will need to use a PlayStation Network ID.

Will my PS.Blog login still work?
No, starting Tuesday you will be asked to use your PSN ID to comment on the blog. If you have a PSN ID, then you’re ready. If you don’t have a PSN ID you should grab one now.

What happens to my old comments?
They’re still there, and in fact, when you log in for the first time using your PSN you will have the option to merge your PS.Blog account with your PSN so you retain your old comments.

What about my screenname?
When you merge your PS.Blog account and your PSN ID, all your past comments will now appear under your PSN ID.

What will happen to my avatar?
As much as we loved Gravatars, we’ll now be using the PSN avatar which can be selected through your PLAYSTATION 3.

What is this merge you speak of?
Starting Tuesday if you have an existing PS.Blog login you will be asked to merge that with your PSN ID. Once linked you’ll use your PSN ID for all comments.

What if I’ve never commented and don’t have an existing PS.Blog account?
What? You’ve never commented? Say something! Seriously though, go grab a PSN ID and you’ll be ready to go Tuesday.

Where can I get a PSN ID?
You can get one here.

What if I forgot my password for my PS.Blog account?
No worries, you can retrieve it when you’re merging it with your PSN account.

How long do I have to merge accounts?
We haven’t determined how long it will be available, but at least a month or two. If/when we determine to take down that function, we’ll let you know.

We’re very excited about these changes, and we hope the migration experience quick and painless – like death by ninja. The changes will be rolled out Tuesday morning (early or late, depending on when and where you wake up), so please try it out, grab a PSN ID if you haven’t already, and let us know you made it through unscathed!

Oh, and how do you like the comment-reply counter? Seems that nearly every post has some red replies these days, which is a good thing.

//Add Your Own

176 Comments   18 Replies


+ IIIKAGEIII on January 16th, 2009 at 6:51 pm said:

you know what would go really nicely with this announcement.. in game skype for ps3.
and the announcement that home functionality is manditory for games comming out in 2009. i mean common.. warhawk… you know everyone plays cod4 right? why still can’t we launch cod4 from home?


+ Delriach on January 16th, 2009 at 6:52 pm said:

nooooooooooooooo I’m going to miss my gravatar.



+ Draicus on January 16th, 2009 at 6:56 pm said:

Sounds like an excellent addition.

Now someone needs to crack down on the PSN team to get us some more (a lot more) PSN Avatars so we can have a little individuality.


+ TopherTide on January 16th, 2009 at 6:56 pm said:

Excellente!, but I do have a tendancy to agree with the majority….or else every other post is going to be a picture of Drake or Kratos as tends to be the case on my friends list…… :-)


+ Clinton514 on January 16th, 2009 at 6:58 pm said:

@51 make noise at Activision/Inf.Ward for the “wonderful”, PS3 support. :|

And In game Skyping sounds a bit ridiculous to me.


+ hvy20 on January 16th, 2009 at 7:00 pm said:

haha, everyone wants avatars…What do you say Jeff?

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 17th, 2009 at 12:23 am said:

    I say: hear you loud and clear.


+ Brad1337 on January 16th, 2009 at 7:01 pm said:

Does this mean that you’ll need a psn account to rate the posts as well?

Great idea, thanks.

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 17th, 2009 at 12:23 am said:

    Nope, that\’ll remain the same.


+ entice7_1 on January 16th, 2009 at 7:06 pm said:

nice work, but i’m with everyone on the avatar thing. we’ve been needing more 4 a long time now. everyone likes the uniqueness that comes with avatars so we’ll need more than 50 for the millions of PS3 owners and bloggers.

i know your going to do something about it i have confidence in you guys.


+ Axecution on January 16th, 2009 at 7:08 pm said:

Not that i really care at all about Avatars, but seems as though the only thing this is doing is taking away our ability to have custom avatars. Nobody here has a different name than their PSN names obviously… Ha, This is definitely cool though. Thanks Jeff! I just wish we could have custom avatars on PSN. If we can send pictures to people, and create our own themes there’s pretty much no reason why we cant have custom avatars. :/ Just saying. Most websites have custom avatars anyway.
Still, thanks for this! I’ll definitely be posting more now that i’m signing in with my actual PSN ID. :D


+ zookey on January 16th, 2009 at 7:10 pm said:

Nice. Yay for added functionality of our PSN ID’s heheheheeh


+ DudeFX on January 16th, 2009 at 7:12 pm said:

To the guys saying bye bye to the annoying trolls, not so fast. Those guys can easily register a free PSN, so that doesn’t mean much. It’s not like we’re gonna have an icon that says “confirmed PS3 owner,” so nothing will prob change.

Anyway this is great news, I can’t wait to display my PSN and hope we finally get online trophy displays too.


+ DudeFX on January 16th, 2009 at 7:13 pm said:

Oh I forgot….

We seriously need an edit function, please?


+ Stoffinator on January 16th, 2009 at 7:14 pm said:

Where are you Jeff? We need you on our side for these avatars. :-p


+ vandam on January 16th, 2009 at 7:25 pm said:

Finally, after 6 years I finally get to change it… LOL
(tuesday). :D


+ emjayx on January 16th, 2009 at 7:31 pm said:

This is great change, however, with the universal PSN avatars, I think it will be repetitive and some of us have identified ourselves with specific Gravatars, and some of those posters have posted so much that I instantly recognize who they are without looking at the name. But nonetheless, good change. CHANGE IS COMING(on tuesday).


+ schwaa on January 16th, 2009 at 7:32 pm said:

new avatars please. this can’t be that hard.


+ spleendingo on January 16th, 2009 at 7:35 pm said:

I think this is a great idea! Let’s hope the new avatar’s arrive soon. I love Kratos and everything….but, you know lol!


+ EnigmaNemesis on January 16th, 2009 at 7:45 pm said:

Great news, but I also think it is time to add a ton more avatars to the PSN (PS3).


+ C-h-a-o-s on January 16th, 2009 at 7:45 pm said:

I’ve already made up an account for the blog, I honestly don’t want to be hounded on my real PSN.

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 17th, 2009 at 12:25 am said:

    Don\’t count on being hounded. My PSN is out there, and I really don\’t get all that many messages.

    OK, not a *crazy* amount. Usually.


+ bronxchulo on January 16th, 2009 at 7:46 pm said:

cool. this is how it should be :)


+ C-h-a-o-s on January 16th, 2009 at 7:47 pm said:

Oh and like many posts before me for the love of god add more avatars, the current selection sucks i’m using a sheep because there’s nothing else a flocking sheep! (get it?)


+ jazzyrider on January 16th, 2009 at 7:50 pm said:

Finally! So when can we see a feature to view & compare trophies thru an official Sony site?


+ Nsho on January 16th, 2009 at 8:02 pm said:

this is awsome


+ Money1 on January 16th, 2009 at 8:05 pm said:

i’m okay with my avatar…but yes i agree with people…we need more avatars, maybe a sackboy or sackgirl…maybe nariko, kai, pr bohan as the raven king….give us more lol


+ avi_66 on January 16th, 2009 at 8:20 pm said:

I love the way how all the Network portals are coming under one login which is a good thing, but we seriously need the choice for choosing a custom avatars. I am a huge Ferrari fan and use the avatar in the blog but my PSN account uses the same from the PSN avatar and the pictures are a huge let down. Jeff if you can say something about this, it is very much appreciated.


+ Captain Fury on January 16th, 2009 at 8:36 pm said:

custom avatars would require you to load all those images once you sign in, they would take ages If everyone had one and it would happen everytime you bring up the in-game xmb…unless the system could cache the custom avatars after the first logging, so they would only load at the beginning.

the current selection its on the firmware, which is why they load so fast (unless Im wrong) so I dont have a problem with the limitation but I do agree that there should be a lot more avatars.


+ JohnnyMoses on January 16th, 2009 at 8:50 pm said:

I have one word for Sony; PSP games with trophy support that is linked with our PSN ID. It can be done.


+ Jeigh on January 16th, 2009 at 8:53 pm said:

This is very, very good. Though my ID name won’t change here, just the same as it didn’t on This doesn’t necessarily mean that the trolls will be gone though, since they’ll now just register for PSN IDs. Shame there’s no way to block that. Oh, well.

Now, since my avatar is going to be universal across all of the PlayStation ‘platforms,’ so to speak, can we get some better avatar selection? The amount that’s been added over the past two or so years is quite disappointing, though these developments are certainly going to make for useful catalysts for such a change. Here’s to the future of PlayStation. :)


+ StormLord on January 16th, 2009 at 9:02 pm said:



+ CrimsonFox13 on January 16th, 2009 at 9:21 pm said:

Now, if only we had custom PSN pictures…. I’ve grown quite attached to my Gravatar. Evel though it’s not a Crimson Fox… And it’s arctic… ;)


+ xoombie503 on January 16th, 2009 at 9:37 pm said:

more avatars then


+ CoolPrizes4Free on January 16th, 2009 at 9:49 pm said:

lolz ok…


+ xplosneer on January 16th, 2009 at 10:05 pm said:

Yay! Integration lol. Jeff, you’ve come a long way. I remember this blog on day one… good job.
I have to ask for more avatars, but that’s just me.

Later! (I’m gonna -try- to enjoy my 3 day weekend)


+ ftwrthtx on January 16th, 2009 at 10:17 pm said:

Thanks for the info Jeff


+ AdversaryofGod on January 16th, 2009 at 10:19 pm said:

That’s a very good move!
And I’m sure a lot of other good stuff is planned as well.


+ Bender Rodriguez on January 16th, 2009 at 11:15 pm said:

I’m still completely against this idea. I want to stay anonymous here on the blog. What happens if we don’t merge the accounts?

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on January 17th, 2009 at 12:27 am said:

    Then you\’re starting over fresh, and your old comments will remain under Bender Rodriguez. However, your current login won\’t work anymore.


+ BlindMango on January 16th, 2009 at 11:20 pm said:

I agree with #9, PLEASE MORE SPYRO PS1 games. it’s all I ask at the moment, oh and maybe a bigger avater lineup.


+ Tmakk on January 16th, 2009 at 11:21 pm said:

Great news and can’t for Tuesday.


+ Musiol on January 17th, 2009 at 12:34 am said:

Any chances that we’ll see trophy integration with sites and our portable ID card? Are you doing something with this or it’s too hard to do for you?


+ Slayer612 on January 17th, 2009 at 12:35 am said:

Hey Jeff, please request Service Avatars like U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Army, and others as well. Also, we should have flags as avatars too.


+ Lirion on January 17th, 2009 at 12:37 am said:

I think it’s a great idea! Been waiting for it.

But like everyone else have already said, we need more avatars.


+ Kronix on January 17th, 2009 at 12:55 am said:

Sounds great. I can’t wait to start blogging with my PSN ID.


+ Kronix on January 17th, 2009 at 12:57 am said:

Can’t wait to start commenting with my PSN ID.


+ Kronix on January 17th, 2009 at 1:06 am said:

Cant wait to comment with my PSN ID.


+ DTS MAN on January 17th, 2009 at 1:11 am said:

@86. Jeff funny reply! :-)

by the way any update on cross game voice comunications? This would be cool.



+ hjetyekus on January 17th, 2009 at 1:24 am said:

At last!

Straight is the shortest way.

I think it is an important step towards higher quality customer support for the ones who does not need anonimity.

Single sign-in to reach everything: PS blog, PS online stores, other PS goodies! Excellent!


+ triple_lei on January 17th, 2009 at 1:41 am said:

Yeah man give us some avatars!

(although by “avatars” I mean “WipEout Pulse add-on packs”)


+ superaktieboy on January 17th, 2009 at 1:56 am said:

awesome :)
you know what maybe a good thing to do to make up for the gravatars.. being able to upload our own avatars to the PS3?


+ SpookyJuice on January 17th, 2009 at 2:19 am said:

We dont just want Avatars Jeff… we want a constant Avatar update, each week or every month with the latest Movies, Games, and Music. Just so we can personalize our profiles alittle more!

What do you say about that? > Gater Chomp@


+ the_icon on January 17th, 2009 at 2:28 am said:

Honestly, there are far more important things to deal right now:

1: Individual voice chat
2: Cross-game invite
3: Staying connected while watching DVDs and Blu-ray.

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