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PlayStation Network users have typically had access to many of the same features as those who game on Xbox Live—but with a few caveats. One of the most glaring omissions from the service has always been the lack of way to change one’s PlayStation Network ID.
This means if you’ve ever created a username for yourself that was less than stellar, you’re stuck with it for the entirety of your time on PSN. Whatever joke you found funny when you created your first account will have remained in place, frozen in time, forever a monument to your potentially poor judgment.
For the most part, that’s what happened.
FINALLY I CAN CHANGE MY 10 YEAR OLD CRINGY NAME— 5H∆¥π_(SHO) (@SHO_TOH) October 10, 2018
No more MAR10_TH3_K1LLER— Mario ☁ (@Mario_garcia64) October 10, 2018
@cltnbutcher it’s actually happening!!!!— Soresa (@combs_ga) October 10, 2018
Finally I don’t have to hate middle school me anymore!— Daniel Eilenfeld (@deilenfeld) October 10, 2018
But there other responses besides jubilation.
One thing that caught some players’ eyes was the fact that the announcement on PlayStation’s blog stated that the ability to change your PSN ID is “compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018” and “most-played” PS4 games released before that.
“Please note not all games and applications for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games,” the blog reads. As you can imagine, this isn’t going down well with some PS4 owners.
That's an arsed about face why of doing it... With microsoft you change and it dorsnt effect any thing at all.— FPS 24/7 (@cod247tweets) October 10, 2018
Others are lamenting why Sony took so long to implement the feature.
Took you long enough— fearthedemonfox (@Rylend1) October 10, 2018
We are WAY overdue but I am so happy to witness this era!— Nunu (@Anvkii) October 10, 2018
Catch up pic.twitter.com/PV1cggwx7r— Moctane (@ItsMoctane) October 10, 2018
Whatever your reaction to the news, it’s great that many players won’t be stuck with their cringe-worthy old usernames from so long ago and can start fresh with an ID name of their choice.
Brittany Vincent has covered gaming, anime, tech, and entertainment for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s replaying Um Jammer Lammy or Day of the Tentacle for the hundredth time while pining for a Harvester sequel. Find her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.