Sony surveying customers on attainable PSN identify change characteristic
It’s been probably the most in style high quality of life requests for years, however Sony lastly appear to be formally contemplating permitting customers to alter their PSN identify.
In an e-mail forwarded to PushSquare, Sony stated that they’re “exploring the potential for including a characteristic to PSN that lets customers change their ID”, noting that though they “can’t make certain whether or not this characteristic can be added or not,” gamers’ suggestions “can be heard”.
The survey that they despatched out then detailed a hypothetical implementation of the characteristic, the place customers would be capable of change their identify totally free as many occasions as they like, however solely as soon as each six months.
Up to now, Sony has had reservations about letting customers change their on-line handles, citing griefing as a major concern.
“We don’t wish to make it with the intention to go in, grief a bunch of individuals in Far Cry, change your avatar, change your username, go into CoD and grief everyone over there. We wish to cease that.
“[We want to do name changing] in a approach that’s clear, but in addition don’t let folks morph themselves, both.
“And yeah, it’s horrible that you must make choices on a service generally by optimizing across the dangerous actor. I hate that we’ve to do this. So we’re attempting to stability that between… the 99 p.c of customers going to have an excellent expertise, how can we assist make that occur with out giving another software to the dangerous actor to go in and smash the expertise for others?”
Sony seemed to be laying the groundwork for the characteristic in 2016 when they requested builders to permit customers to be recognized by their Account ID reasonably than an On-line ID. This could imply that gamers may have a base account ID that stays the identical, leaving their on-line ID free to alter.
This proposed system does appear to tick the entire containers. Folks of their 30s could be rid of the PSN IDs they made of their teenagers, whereas trolls can’t flit from sport to sport assuming a brand new id every time.