PSN could allow name changes soon (not confirmed)

The Unreal Engine 4.14 release notes suggest that Sony could add the ability to change your PSN ID on Playstation in the near future.


Many PlayStation users have wanted the ability to change their PSN ID. It is one of the most requested features for PlayStation as Xbox and Steam have allowed name changes for years.
According to the release notes for Unreal Engine 4.14, PlayStation Network users could soon get the ability to change their PSN ID.

Found by kirbasin on neogaf, here is a section of the release notes for Unreal Engine 4.14:

Refactored the PlayStation 4 Online Subsystem engine plugin to support PlayStation 4 SDK version 4.008.061.

Deprecated the use of “Sce Np Online Id,” replacing it with “Sce Np Account Id,” as per Sony's recommendation. Online users are now exclusively identified by their “Sce Np Account Id.”

Simplified the handling of unique net IDs across the PS4 online subsystem.

Switched from “Np Toolkit” to “Np Toolkit2,” to support the new APIs which work with “Sce Np Account Id.”

Added asynchronous name resolution to convert between “Sce Np Online Id” and “Sce Np Account Id,” using Sony's ID mapper web interface.

For PlayStation 4 online users, the “To String” and “Get Bytes” functions in “Unique Net Id” now return the user's “Sce Np Account Id.”

Previously these functions returned the user's “Sce Np Online Id.” Any custom online code or services backend will need to handle identifying users by their “Sce Np Account Id,” as according to Sony's recommendations.

If required, the “Sce Np Online Id” for local users and friends can be obtained via the “Get Display Name” interface in “Online User.”

kirbasin's post then reads 'Looks like Sony is making changes to make sure games retrieve PSN ID via internal account ID which would allow to unbind data from display name.'

What do you think about these release notes? Do you think that Sony will add the ability to change your PSN ID soon?

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