PS4 SDK updates hint at possibly allowing PSN ID changes in the future?

Mar 16, 2009
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That's nice. My psn account is my brothers account from when he gave me his ps3 back when he was in the US Navy. I've given up hope that I could also change region like it's possible to do on Xbox (can't use my Canadian PayPal despite having loads of USD in it because they restrict PayPal to the same region as the PSN account)
 
Mar 16, 2016
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NO NO NO! I don't want to lose my PS I LOVE YOU XOXO segment of horrible names. Those were some of the best parts of the show.

PSN names are a great lesson for life. Once you make a decision, you can't go back in time to change it, you just have to learn to live with it.
 
Jun 30, 2010
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i remember trying to create a new psn account only about 5 years ago and had to put a shitload of digits after two common words. so as long as sony still isnt purging inactive accounts picking a new id is going to be just as miserable so those XO arent going anywhere.
 
Nov 23, 2011
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Sounds like the same solution Ubisoft came up with when they ran into the same problem for the PC version of Uplay, whereby you can now change your name freely on new games, but for legacy titles you have to use the name you registered with.
This is why Sony should have done this as soon as the PS4 came out. A solution where PS3 and Vita games use the old username and PS4 games use the new one would have worked as those systems start losing their user base over time. Now we get two tiers of PS4 games which is dumb and confusing.
 
Jul 14, 2014
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so basically instead of changing your Online ID, they'll give you an Account ID that you can edit. i've noticed some games making use of PS4 "real names" so it seems like maybe an extension of this?

Expecting Announcement at PSX
 

Shpeshal Ed

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Mar 16, 2007
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I hope they do this, but all of my services have the same name.

I won't change one unless I can change all of them and unfortunately, Nintendo won't ever allow name changes.
 
Jun 6, 2011
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They better be working on this.
I fear region changing might be too complex to ever happen.

Firstly, there is the issue of R1/R2/R3 versions that are incompatible with each other (save files and DLCs).

Then there's the problem of title availability. Some games in your library might not be present in your desired region store and can't be transferred over.
 
Jun 1, 2013
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Please... My name is a bane. It's like the one service I couldn't get my username on (Origin too, fuggin sob on there hasn't used his account in ages) and instead of just coming up with something else I thought I'd be all cool when I was younger knowing some Greek roots and use Aztechne. It just feels wrong.
 
Apr 8, 2014
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I just hope they deactivate/delete all the "placeholder" accounts with 0 games played, 0 trophies earned and 0 activies shown.

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/my/psn-profile-search/

I just searched for usernames I'd like to use and found several accounts with nothing on them.
The name I want hasn't earned a trophy since Modern Warfare 2.

Unfortunately that's more activity than nothing, so even if they purge I'm sure that one will stay in use.
 
Jun 12, 2013
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I fear region changing might be too complex to ever happen.

Firstly, there is the issue of R1/R2/R3 versions that are incompatible with each other (save files and DLCs).

Then there's the problem of title availability. Some games in your library might not be present in your desired region store and can't be transferred over.
It's complicated but they could make it work at some point. There are obstacles, but it is doable.

I'd also be willing to leave my titles from different regions if I ever delete them after switching. Right now people just keep both their accounts which sucks for different reasons, but losing all your trophies and "history" is what made me lose my interest on going after those those achievements long-term.
 
Mar 21, 2015
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A sign of this will be if Colin and Greg talk about this thread on C&G Live or PSILY.

They mentioned awhile ago that they don't talk about stuff they know is coming when they were doing Sony E3 predictions this year.

Hopefully it's true though. I would love to be able to change my name.
 
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I am aware about you guys concern about email as primary key or else...but I think PSN was designed in a hurry and we dont even know what software are they using back in 2006 when making PSN infrastructure...

For us modern developers sure will think this is 2016 and they still using that old thing?

Unban ID as simple as UPDATE user SET banned='false' where online_id='blah'?

Just let sony make their progress.

In my opinion online ID is not an issue. THE VERY VERY BIG ISSUE is the Akamai Prolexic who bans your IP randomly for some reason and we dont know how long the IP would be banned.
 
Apr 5, 2016
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If they do implement this, it'll probably be the worst possible way.

Like...okay, so they add a "display name" which you can edit and which other users will see when playing online games for example.

However, to add someone as a friend, you still have to type in their original account ID making this whole endeavor about 50% pointless.