If you've been desperate to change you PSN user name, which has been impossible since the service launched in 2006, it might be time to start planning your new handle. Jason Schreier
of Kotaku claims to have spoken to several anonymous developers
who are preparing for PlayStation Network user name changes, in line with a Sony roadmap towards the functionality.
The lack of username change functionality has been a curious and frustrating omission since PSN was created, with Sony claiming that it's a technical challenge. The developers Schreier talked to seem to confirm this. Apparently the way PSN IDs were originally implemented means that your account ID and your user name are inseparable — there's no hidden universal identifier that would keep your account information tied to it even if you changed your user name. How exactly Sony might now be overcoming this problem is unclear, and these developers claim that retroactively fixing older multiplayer games might be a difficult prospect. Perhaps this is the reason behind the latest round of server closures
PlayStation have made no comments on Schreier's investigation. We'll keep you updated if this develops.