After years and years of people being stuck with their embarrassing PlayStation Network names, we now have an option to change them. PlayStation announced, via their blog, that they will be giving players the option to change their names through their PS4 or a web browser starting today. The official statement from Sid Shuman, PlayStation’s media director is as follows:
“We’re excited to announce that the online ID change feature on PSN is officially launching to all PlayStation 4 owners later today. You’ll also be able to change your online ID via a web browser, and that feature will also be available starting today.”
This has been a feature that was asked for by fans since the PlayStation 3 released in 2006. Many fans have pointed to Xbox having this feature since the first days of Xbox Live. The issue that PlayStation ran into, and seems to be something they are still struggling with, is that they linked player information to their names, rather than some internal pin number. This causes a myriad of issues, including lost player data since the name is what all of that information is linked to.
With the new name change option, this issue seems to still not be completely ironed out. If you are to change your PlayStation Network username, you will need to take into account that some of your information may be lost. PlayStation provided a list of games that will have critical issues due to name changes. That On Rush, Little Big Planet 3, multiple MLB The Show titles, and Everybody’s Golf. PlayStation also provided a full list of games that support name changes and should have no issues. Both lists can be viewed here. Any game released after April 2019 will have full support for name changes so this only affects older titles.
Will you be changing your embarrassing username? Is this the end of all of the X_x_NoobSlayer_x_X names? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!
Connor’s love for gaming starts with the unboxing of a Playstation 2 with a copy of Kingdom Hearts. Since then Connor has come to love all things nerd culture, with a passion for Playstation, third-person shooters, and JRPGs. He will talk your ear off about his favorite games which include The Last of Us and Hotline Miami.