Although Xbox users currently can change their username for a small fee, PlayStation users don't have the option to change their PSN ID. In an interview with IGN, SCEA president Shawn Layden stated that Sony won't offer this option to players in order to prevent players from abusing the system.
Yeah, we want to give you more control across your experience and your profile and your presence on the network. At the same time, as you'll understand, we don't want to make it so that you can go in, grief a bunch of people in Far Cry, change your avatar, change your username, go into CoD and grief everybody over there. We want to stop that," said Layden.
"[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 have to make decisions on a service sometimes by optimizing around the bad actor. I hate that we have to 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?"
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