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PS4 News UPDATE: PSN name changes coming soon?

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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.


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.

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