The PlayStation Network has been missing one major feature ever since it’s been around: the ability for users to change their usernames. When the service first went live, many players didn’t realize they’d be stuck with the name they picked for nearly a decade. Now, though, it looks like the long-requested feature may finally be on the way.
Fans got hints that Sony was working on a new system a year ago, when some changes to Unreal Engine 4 separated user IDs into two different categories. Rumors have continued to circulate ever since, and now, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America has confirmed that a change is on the way.
During some of the opening ceremonies at PlayStation Experience 2017, PlayStation boss Shawn Layden discussed the topic with Greg Miller. When asked about the ability to change PSN names, Layden jokingly replied that “the elves back at the North Pole have been working on that for quite some time.” However, according to Layden, the change is “more complex” than the company expected and quite a “large piece of work.”
There’s good news, however.
“I hope we’ll see events occur that you don’t have to ask me that question [about PSN names] next PSX,” Layden said during the interview. In other words, Sony hopes to have the ability to change names up and running before December 2018.
The feature has been a long time coming, but if all goes well, it seems like fans might have less than a year left to wait.