NOT A ONE-TRICK SONY
For the players (especially ones unhappy with their IDs)
Sony has been busy on the announcement front, revealing something that people have been demanding for years, and confirming something that people have strongly suspected for months. In the ‘please, console Santa’ corner, we have the ability to change your PSN ID – from the comfort of your console, no less. If you’re happy with your PSN ID, great – just enjoy the fact that the option will be there if you need it! But spare a thought, too, for the people stuck with IDs that really, really weren’t the great idea they seemed at the time, and who’ve been desperate for a way to change for years now. If you’re a Mrk00lGuy5768798797, an ULtrakilla618, or something rude-sounding that we’re not going to try to print, hope is on the horizon.
The feature will be doled out (via the PlayStation Preview Program) to select users who previously signed up for PS4 software betas until the end of November, rolling out to everybody in early 2019. The first name change is free, but every change after that will cost you £7.99 (£3.99 for PS Plus members), presumably to stop people swapping every time the wind changes.
When you change, you can choose to display your previous ID alongside your new one to help people recognise you – though, oddly, this decision is an irreversible one. It’s also worth noting that only PS4 games published after 1 April 2018 are guaranteed to be compatible. The PlayStation Blog post that announced the feature notes that while most popular games should be fine, “users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games”. You’ll be able to go back to your original ID for free, though.
Elsewhere, surprising few and pleasing many, the development of the PS5 was in effect confirmed by Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. Speaking to the Financial Times, he said: “What I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”. He didn’t give any details beyond that, but we know one thing for sure: it’s happening.
“YOU CAN DISPLAY YOUR PREVIOUS ID ALONGSIDE YOUR NEW ONE TO HELP PEOPLE RECOGNISE YOU”
Change your PSN ID, then take your new, less embarrassing alter ego online to crush your enemies!
Perhaps you chose an ID that’s unfunny and/or doesn’t make sense. Er, not that we’d know about that…
This is where you’ll go to change your ID once switching’s available.