You might finally be able to change your PSN name on PlayStation according to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier. According to his report, several developers have individually corroborated the fact that they’re preparing for the PlayStation Network name changes to finally be mainstream.
Three people at three different game studios, speaking anonymously said that in recent months they have been fixing bugs, tweaking settings, and ensuring that their games are compatible with Sony’s plans. A fourth person shared a photo, obtained from Sony internal documentation, of a PSN profile containing the option “edit username.” The documentation was a guide for changing one’s name on the PlayStation Network, that person revealed.
A date for when the feature might be made available is still unknown as of yet. As the way, that PSN usernames and unique player ID’s are tied to their accounts makes things really complicated. Sony would probably want their developers to fine tune any potential issues before releasing.
The feature in question is a basic one that PS4 and PlayStation fans have already been requesting for quite some time now. But even after several major updates, not to mention a new console release, users are still stuck with their original PSN names. It has been one of PlayStation’s strangest limitations. For many users, the PSN name was something they chose when they were young, or in a hurry to set up the system. Thus stuck with those handles for almost a decade…ouch! A litany of embarrassing and awkward PSN names later, this basic function would be a welcome feature for many.
In December 2017 at the PlayStation Experience Conference, Sony boss Shawn Layden told Kinda Funny in response to a query about PSN username changes that he hopes “you won’t have to ask me that question next PSX.” The comment hints that Sony would finally implement the long-requested feature by December 2018, which is now two months away.
Sony, however, said last week that there won’t be a PSX releasing in 2018, which only hypes up the curiosity.