Three years after Microsoft introduced a two-factor authentication into its Xbox Live online gaming network, Sony has confirmed it will incorporate the same security feature into its PlayStation Network services.

"In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a two-step verification feature," a Sony representative was quoted as saying in a Polygon article earlier this week.

The new feature has reportedly not gone live yet, but when it does, customers who enable 2FA can bolster the security of their accounts by adding an extra step to the conventional log-in process. Typically, this means entering a security code sent to a cell phone or email in addition to one's usual username and password.