PS4 users may be in for a treat as PlayStation could be preparing to launch name charges to their PSN service by the end of 2018.
To the dismay of many PlayStation users Sony has never let their Network users change their PSN name.
And even more annoying was the fact that the latest PS4 6.0 firmware update didn’t add the feature, despite the usual barrage of rumours suggesting it might finally arrive.
However, it’s worth remembering that it wasn’t that long ago when Sony released a survey suggesting they may consider letting PSN users change their embarrassing IDs.
The survey stated Sony is “exploring the possibility of adding a feature to PSN that lets users change their ID”, according to the website PushSquare.
PlayStation asked receivers of the survey to keep the information to themselves, but an anonymous tipster revealed the information to the PlayStation news site.
However, at the end of the survey, it stressed that it “can’t be sure whether this feature will be added or not, but we can be sure your opinions on the matter will be heard”.
For the time being, here’s everything we know about PSN name changes and everything Sony has said about the long requested feature.
“Our engineers have been looking into what they can do”
Shawn Layden – PlayStation boss
In the aforementioned survey, it revealed how the system would work – in principal.
Sony suggested you would be able to change your PSN ID for free – but only once every six months.
For those who regret the change and want their own name back, they will have to contact customer support.
It is not mentioned in the survey if there will be a fee for if you want to change your name more regularly.
This is how companies such as Microsoft deals with it – charging Xbox Live users for additional changes.
When will it happen?
At the PlayStation Experience (PSX) event in December 2017, PlayStation boss Shawn Layden dropped a major hint as regards to PSN names.
When asked about whether PSN name changes would happen in the future, the Sony boss replied: “I hope we’ll see events occur that you won’t have to ask me that question next PSX.”
This gives a glimmer of hope to PSN users that the service might be made available by the end of 2018.
He started off the interview by saying: “The elves at the North Pole have been working on it.”
But he also mentioned it is “more complex than you think”, which could answer the question as to why it has taken to long.
However, previously Sony explained in 2014 that the reason it has taken so long is that Sony wants to prevent trolling.
He said: “We don’t want to make it so that you can go in, grief a bunch of people in Far Cry, change your avatar, change your username, go into CoD and grief everybody over there. We want to stop that.”
The following year – 2015, keep up – PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida said engineers were looking into it, but wasn’t sure if it would be possible.
He said: “Our engineers have been looking into what they can do. As soon as we know, we’ll let you know. But as of today, we don’t even know if we can ever do it.
“Hopefully we will be able to provide that feature in the future.”
It certainly looks more probable that the feature will arrive today than it did in 2015.
And besides, we’re sure that someone will be asking Shawn Layden again at PSX 2018 if it’s still not arrived by the end of the year.