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PSN name change feature in doubt as Sony says they ‘don’t know if we can do it’

Sony has cast doubt over the possibility of letting users change their PlayStation Network ID in a future PlayStation 4 system update.

Speaking on PlayStation France’s Twitter account in a Q&A with fans, Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, admitted the platform holder isn’t even sure if they can make the feature work. That’s not to say it may never happen, but for now, it’s not looking too likely.


"When? I wish I knew. We are aware that lots of people are asking for the feature. Our engineers have been looking into what they can do. As soon as we know, we’ll let you know. But as of today, we don’t even know if we can ever do it. Hopefully we will be able to provide that feature in the future," said Yoshida-san.

Interestingly, the ability to change your PSN ID was listed on a recent survey that Sony sent out to PS4 owners in an effort to garner feedback on what gamers are interested in seeing in future updates. Also included on the list was PSOne and PS2 classics among other popular features. 

PSN was launched alongside the PS3 back in November 2006, providing gamers with a chance to download titles via the PlayStation Store and game online. The service has grown massively since then, incorporating a revamped store look, video and music content, plus hundreds of new titles on offer and Trophy support. The store is updated weekly on every Tuesday. Back in 2011, PSN was compromised by hackers in an attack that was reported to cost Sony a massive $171.2 million, and was again the target of cyber attacks as recently as the 2014 Christmas holidays

The company recently expanded its online portfolio with the introduction of PlayStation Now, a cloud-based streaming service that allows gamers to stream content to a variety of PlayStation devices. In addition, the release of PS4 saw Sony charge users for online gaming by requiring a subscription to PlayStation Plus, a feature that was previously free to PS3 users. Players can select from three membership options, namely a one-month, three-month, or annual subscription.

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