PlayStation users might finally be able to change their PlayStation Network names in the future after the idea was hinted at during the opening events of PlayStation Experience.
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Looking to other platforms for comparison, changing names has been a feature that other systems and games have offered for a while now. PlayStation’s big competitor, Xbox, for example, has had the feature for a while now with Xbox users being able to change their names for the past couple of years. It starts off free with users getting one shot to change their name without any cost to them, but you’ll have to give Microsoft a cut each time you want to change your name after that.
Other individual games like League of Legends simply require a fee each time you want to change your name, and while it’s unknown how PlayStation will structure the feature if it ever goes live, it’ll likely be some model similar to the ones already in place. The fee might seem like a hassle, but it definitely dissuades players from changing their name repeatedly to mimic their favorite games or the day’s trend.
Sony will have their hands full during PlayStation Experience with other reveals, so while viewers probably won’t hear any more about the question during the event, they can hope for progress to be made on the feature within the next year.