NOT A ONE-TRICK SONY

For the play­ers (es­pe­cially ones un­happy with their IDs)

Games Master - - Upfront -

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.

Change days

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.

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