Everyone’s favorite intel site for everything game related NeoGAF uncovered something that could—or could not—be featuring in PlayStation 4 upcoming new SDK update. NeoGAF user kirbasin unearthed intriguing details about the upcoming update that hints a certain ‘PSN ID change feature’ that could be coming our way.

kirbasin stumbled upon the information when going through notes for Unreal Engine 4.14 when he noticed the following:

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.”

Now, this information can be taken as likely, SONY PlayStation as far as we know has never hinted at the chance of a PSN ID change. However, if it does sees the light, we could see Sony allowing changes that will make games retrieve PSN ID via an internal account ID, which would allow the release from the display name.

Im sure many people with ID such as xXx360SniperKill69xXx would love to finally be able to change their PSN ID to something either current or just more formal. Trust me I know I do.

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