PlayStation is preparing to allow PlayStation Network users to change their online names, according to a recent Kotaku report.
The report claims that three multiplayer developers at three separate studios have confirmed to Kotaku that steps are being taken to make their games compatible with the name changes, including fixing bugs and tweaking settings. A fourth person talking to Kotaku is reportedly in possession of a photo from internal Sony documentation depicting a PSN profile with an option to “edit username,” but photo was not shared.
Kotaku claims that it doesn’t have a timeframe for when this change may be implemented, but explains that it may be a complicated shift, due to how PSN IDs are linked to players’ usernames rather than the more common UUIDs, which will make updating older games difficult. Kotaku reached out to Sony for comment, but the publisher has yet to respond.
Despite not being an official statement from Sony, the timeframe for this revelation aligns with comments made by Sony during last year’s PlayStation Experience. Worldwide studios chairman Shawn Layden suggested that fans would learn more about the name changes before PSX 2018 rolled around, and since no such event is happening this year, we are expecting to hear something official through other means.