It’s a good day for googlyeyes43 on psn today as Sony has finally given us the key to their psn name kingdom in the form of an update rolling out first for the PlayStation Preview Members, before eventually making its way to us common folk once the bugs and kinks are worked out. Well before we begin to divulge the information as to the benefits of gaining such high end access to the PlayStation network, to change that name we so rightfully cringe about every time we share our psn names with new friends and family yes I’m talking to you toejamcheese6969. We should dive into what made this update so impossible to to attain in the past 5 years. Well first things first let’s see what Sony Computer Entertainment America’s President and CEO Shawn Layden had to say about the matter back in 2014 “The road map for feature extension is very long. It goes from here to Hangzhou in China,” Layden remarks when asked about not only changing one’s PSN name, but about other oft-requested features like deleting unwanted Trophies. “And all of those things are on there. Yeah, we want to give you more control across your experience and your profile and your presence on the network. We want to do name changing in a way that’s transparent, but also don’t let people morph themselves, either. And yeah, it’s terrible that you must make decisions on a service sometimes by optimizing around the bad actor. I hate that we must do that. So, we’re trying to balance that between… the 99 percent of users going to have a good experience, how can we help make that happen without giving one more tool to the bad actor to go in and ruin the experience for others?”
So what do these enigmatic and cryptic remarks mean to the good old joe wanting to make up for his past mistakes in the psn name decision game ? Well first things first Sony wants to make sure it has the proper limitations set in place for keeping the psn service clear of names that can offend or cause issues with younger gamers who are new to the ever evolving beautiful world that is the PlayStation Network. Yes I’m looking at you random Call of Duty server harboring the mass of thirteen year old’s that know my mom in the most provocative ways. Realistically nobody wants to enter an online space just to be verbally abused by dickmonger763, but would rather enter knowing that they are in a safe space at least in terms of extremely offensive names that burn a hole in your headset after you hear them repeated thirty times throughout a match of the recent blackout beta I just experienced.
The real meat and potatoes of which held back this update for so long really comes with trophies and keeping them tied to your beautiful name wherever you may take it. From your dead Vita, to your brand new Ps4 Pro, the possibilities of having a digital backpack that you take with you throughout the Sony verse is something that almost every gamer would hate to let go of. From the prestigious trophy hunters, to the red eyed thirty five year old who struggled to get that last trophy in Last of Us Grounded mode. Sony took their time, and with the whole situation I walk away with one undeniable outcome of it all. If you whine enough you get what you want and that is what true gaming is all about.