Although users have Sony to bring the ability to change their PSN name for years, the company revealed that it would increase exploitations over the network. However, it seems that the company finally listening to the gamers as it might allow gamers to change their PSN name in the coming months.
This is pretty surprising considering Shawn Layden back in 2014 said that griefing is the primary concern behind the decision of now allowing users to change their username. At the time, he said, “We don’t want to make it so that you can go in, grief a bunch of people in Far Cry, change your avatar, change your username, go into CoD and grief everybody over there. We want to stop that.”
“We want to do name changing in a way that’s transparent, but also don’t let people morph themselves, either.”
“And yeah, it’s terrible that you have to make decisions on a service sometimes by optimizing around the bad actor. I hate that we have to do that. So we’re trying to balance that between… the 99 percent of users going to have a good experience, how can we help make that happen without giving one more tool to the bad actor to go in and ruin the experience for others?”
However, in a recent email to PushSquare, Sony said that the company is exploring the possibility of the feature that will allow users to change their ID. In order to prevent the griefing related concerns, the company is considering a hypothetical implementation of the feature where users will be able to change their name for free as many times as they want but only once over a period of time.
Whether or not Sony brings the feature to gamers remain to be seen. But at the moment, the newly proposed feature might come handy for those who want to change their names while not giving others ability to assume new identity each time.