Some of us have had the same PSN name since the PS3 first released years ago. Ever since there have been countless users that have regretted that decision as they got older, or their tastes have changed. Basically we just want to change our stinkin PlayStation name like our friends on Xbox have been able to do, and we might be in luck.
Shawn Layden replied to a question regarding just that during PSX by stating: “The elves at the North Pole have been working on it.”
He went on to state that the process is more complex that expected, but the developers have been working hard on making it function. He noted also that it could happen before next years PSX event. I hope we’ll see events occur that you won’t have to ask me that question next PSX.”
This isn’t the first time Sony has stated they were working on it though. Back in 2015 Yoshida also explained that developers were working on the process, but noted “it may not even be possible.” Another excuse Sony has stated was that locking your name down prevented trolling on their network, so the process could be a little bit more than just simply getting it to work.
Xbox has had the ability to change names for a few years now. The first name change is free, typically because you need to use the name change to get rid of a stock username thrown at you. Additional name changes cost a fee, and we are unsure if Sony will follow the same route or go in a different direction.