A new report from Kotaku suggests that PSN Name changes are coming. The report follows last December’s announcement from PlayStation Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden. Layden told Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller that he hopes, “you won’t have to ask me that question next PSX.”
Speaking to three developer sources, they’ve been working on fixing bugs, settings, and making sure their games are compatible with Sony’s plans. A fourth developer showed Kotaku an internal Sony document with an “edit username” option.
Since its inception in 2006, the PlayStation Network has not allowed users change their IDs. The reason behind it, which Kotaku highlights, is how the PSN IDs were originally linked to your actual name and not a universally unique identifier, such as a number or letter. This decision meant that all your content/progress/purchases were tied to your name, it also means you can’t change your online name unless you wanted to lose everything. Competitors, such as Steam and Xbox Live, allow you to change your PSN ID. Xbox Live lets you change your Gamertag the first time for free with any time after that the company charges a premium. One limitation on this change may be that older games won’t be compatible with the change, though it remains to be said about the effects that could happen.
There is no timeframe for this announcement, but since Shawn Layden mentioned PSX, fans are suggesting that December may be the month this long-requested feature is announced.
Sony has been no stranger to the news lately. The company recently announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of their original console packed with 20 games. They’ve also announced that there will not be a PSX in 2018. If you’ve been waiting to play Fortnite with your friends on other platforms, Sony also announced cross-platform play is in beta for the hit title, with others potentially coming at a later date.
For more on PlayStation, and when you will be able to change your PSN Name, stay tuned to Mammoth Gamers.