Rumor: Developers preparing for PlayStation Network username changes

Developers fixing bugs and tweaking settings to ensure compatibility.

PlayStation Network username changes

Multiplayer game developers are preparing for PlayStation Network username changes to come soon, three people at different game studios have told Kotaku.

The developers said that in recent months they have been fixing bugs and tweaking settings to ensure that their games are compatible with Sony’s plans.

A fourth person who works for a game studio shared an image from internal Sony documentation of a PlayStation Network profile containing an “Edit Username” option. The documentation was said to be a guide for changing one’s PlayStation Network username.

A time frame for the feature’s implementation is unknown. The developers suggested that due to PlayStation Network usernames linking your account ID to your username, rather than a universally unique identifier, retroactively fixing old multiplayer games might be time consuming and difficult.

Sony did not respond for comment.

Back at PlayStation Experience 2017 in December, Sony’s Shawn Layden suggested that PlayStation Network username changes would be implemented by December 2018, saying in response to a question about username changes, “hopefully you won’t have to ask me that question next PSX.” Sony announced last week that PlayStation Experience will not be held in 2018.

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