Three years - almost to the day - after Microsoft added two-factor authentication (2FA) to its universal user accounts, which include its Xbox Live services, Sony's PlayStation Network is finally catching up with its main rival.
PlayStation 3 owners noticed references to "2-step verification" in the console's latest update, which rolled out this week:
2FA is a more robust method of protecting user accounts than relying exclusively on a username and password. Typically, it requires that users enter their regular login information, along with an additional verification code which is either sent to the user's phone, or generated by a mobile app.
While the most recent PS3 update includes 2FA references, Sony hasn't actually got the new verification process up and running yet - but a company spokesperson confirmed to Polygon that the feature is on the way: "In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a 2-step verification feature."
However, there was no indication of exactly when Sony's 2FA system will be introduced; the spokesperson said that "more details will be shared at a later date".