Gamers get a reprieve from PlayStation as it has announced that players will be able to change their PlayStation Network Online ID or Name next year, for the first time. Bye bye to the horrifying mistakes of teenage years.
Hey xX_Wassuuupp69_Xx, it’s your lucky day! 😅 https://t.co/enVhaqYGJ2— PlayStation UK 🎃 (@PlayStationUK) October 10, 2018
Ruing that shameless username or weird concoction you want to throw away more than use? You are in luck. If you can’t relate, think of the first time you opened an email, wait….awkward choices right?
The new update will mean you’re able to change your online ID as many times as you want.
The first change is free, but any after that will cost you.
Sighs of relief
PlayStation gamers have been quick to express their relief on Twitter.
FINALLY I CAN CHANGE THIS NAME pic.twitter.com/nXtGUH1Wty— xX_Wassuuupp69_Xx (@xXWassuuupp69Xx) October 10, 2018
Darnell, a YouTuber from Birmingham who goes by the PSN name NINExTAILEDxDEE has been desperate for a re-brand for nearly 10 years.
‘I think I was 13 or 14 when I made it. It came from Naruto.’
Naruto is a Japanese manga series, but Darnell’s love for it didn’t last as long as his love for PlayStation.
‘I realised I wanted to change my name three years later when I realised how nerdy it was,’ he says.
Adam, 24, from Ireland, made a username so bad as a teenager he wouldn’t even reveal it.
It can make gaming with friends quite difficult.
‘I tell them my username with a red face and an explanation, I just want to be able to say it without that.
‘It’s not a major deal – I could make a new account but I’m a bit of a trophy hunter and don’t want to start from scratch.”
That’s been an issue for many PlayStation gamers with a dodgy name.
Once an account is made with a username and you start playing, the accolades and trophies you win on games are then attached to that name.
So those gamers with weird or embarrassing usernames – but also long lists of trophies on their account – won’t make a new account to avoid starting all over again.
Xbox fans were given the opportunity by Microsoft to change their Gamertag several years ago.
PlayStation will have a trial period with the new feature in November for some of its gamers.
The full feature will be accessible for all in early 2019.
The new feature will be compatible with PS4 games made after 1 April 2018, as well as the console’s most popular games that were released before this date.
However, not all games made for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change – gamers may find issues or errors in certain games.