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Real-name user ID option to be available through PSN at launch on PlayStation 4

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony has confirmed that the option to use your your real-name through PSN will be made available at launch for PlayStation 4. Sony announced the ability to use a real-name ID would be available on the console, but until today it was unknown whether it would be made available at launch. Xbox One will allow users to do the same thing, but the option will not be made available at launch. Via Kotaku.

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37 Comments

  1. Fethennour

    Glad it is only an option. I’m not sure many people will use it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Arcnail

    Ya.. seems a waste of time to me.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. _LarZen_

    I think I am going to use this. I would rather play with people with their real names then AssPounder43 or L2PBiTcheZ.

    It will make me recognize friends online better as I have no idea who is who with all these silly names.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hcw87

    Only dumbasses will use their real name online.

    One day the guy you buttraped while playing CoD will show up at your door. Nothing good will come out of this.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    “One day the guy you buttraped while playing CoD will show up at your door”

    Now that would be cool. I will rape him myself then. But hey, most of them are 12 year olds in CoD so nothing to worry about.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Os Money

    yeah i dont expect this to catch on.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Javinator

    Of course Sony is pushing this. They to this day (even in the New Age of “Next Generation” ) do NOT, and will NOT, let u change your PSN Username. Sheesh! Talk about an archaic OS…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Juice_Man101

    @4 You can’t be serious.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Hcw87

    @8
    My first paragraph i’m 100% serious.

    Ofcourse i’m being sarcasting in the second paragraph, but these days you’ll never know. People have been killed/maimed for less. It’s a sick world we live in.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. AmiralPatate

    @4 “Nothing good will come out of this”
    How do you know? Maybe the guy is just at your door to bring whiskey and crackers and you’ll have a nice aperitif.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Hcw87

    @10
    I don’t see why you’d want total strangers on the internet know your real name. You’re probably using facebook aswell, so it doesn’t take much at all to find out where you live, who your family is and what you’re doing with your friends at any given time.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    “Only dumbasses will use their real name online.”

    Only an idiot adds people that they don’t know in some capacity.

    I like this feature, and it’s pretty much a given that it will be set (at least by default) so that only your mutual friends can see it. You are not going to be appearing in CoD15 as “David Bartholemew McCleod” or whatever the heck your name might be.

    The fact that it’s completely optional makes any of tinfoil paranoia redundant anyway. If you’re that bothered by it, you don’t have to use it.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ddtd

    Real names will be okay if there are deeper privacy options; I.e. You can set it so only friends can see your real name, or something even deeper than that where you can tag certain people as being able to see the name (either on a person to person basis, or buy creating sub-groups within your friends).

    Has there been any word, from either Sony or MS, if there will be those options available?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Hcw87

    @12
    Well that’s good atleast. If it’s ONLY your friends then i don’t really see that much of a problem with it.

    If it’s fully public though, good lord.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ddtd

    By, not buy. :p

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    @13, 14 I thought it was a given that it was only going to be people on your friends list.

    The PS4 dashboard displays an activity field of what people on your friends list are doing. Instead of saying “KillerSniperBiatch345 earned the “Bad Ass Mutha’” Achievement in Black Ops 4″ it will simply say “Eugene Jarvis Smith earned…” And stuff like that. And it will only display it if they’ve set it up as well.

    There *might* be an option to display it publicly, but this seems like the most obvious approach. I’d like to think Sony has some modicum of common sense regarding these sort of things.

    If people would be capable of tracking you down using nothing but your name anyway, you should probably do a better job keeping your information private online.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. AmiralPatate

    @14
    I’m pretty sure if 4chan kids can find you with one photo, they can do it with one gamertag. Information is out there and you can’t control it all. If nobody came to bash your head in because of a comment on Facebook, odds are you’ll be alright, even if XxD4RK_SN1P3RZ_69xX sent you a witty message over PSN about how fat yo mama is.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Hcw87

    @17
    Well the more information you leave out there publically, the easier it is.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. AmiralPatate

    @18
    It certainly does not make it easier to physically come to you, physically assault you, and physically get away with it. And if someone’s willing to go that far, boy, no gamertag will ever stop him.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. pcbros

    In all honesty, what is the point of having real names? If you only allow friends, then they will know your gametag and have no need to identify you buy your full name.

    This isn’t a bash against Sony seeing how Microsoft will be doing the same thing soon.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @17 The vast majority of those “4chan kids” scenarios are 1) isolated incidences, 2) done by finding out information from tint people, 3) well known people whose information is easily found, and / or 4) people not being responsible with their information.

    It’s very easy not to have your sensitive information online. People are just lazy.

    If you wanted to, you could pretty much find the live in address of pretty much every celebrity in the world, but celebrities aren’t turning up dead or raped every day despite crazy fans / haters swarming the Internet.

    @20 Its just a nice bit of personal customisation. “Michael is online” instead of “WordsofIvory is online”. Simple things like that.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Dragon

    Couldn’t you possibly use this to hide your username aka change it?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Panthro

    ‘Only dumbasses will use there own name’ …?

    What?

    Sorry, but I have nothing to hide, I wont be acting like a dick online, being racist or screaming immature things down the mic.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @22 Username are probably still going to be visible in some context (and used for stuff like recipient boxes), I’d imagine. Your username is obviously going to be visible in multiplayer games as well.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. polygem

    can i finally change my psn id?
    it would be totally next gen if i could…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Hcw87

    @23
    Not the point at all. Everyone should value their privacy properly.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. AmiralPatate

    @26
    Privacy may be an overrated concept. As long as I can scratch my nose in the comfort of my room, I have all the privacy I need. If Johnny McJohnson from Buttfucknowhere knows where I live, good for him. I’ll buy him a beer if he ever shows up.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. xxJPRACERxx

    Some people are really willing to go there:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/7771505/Video-game-fanatic-hunts-down-and-stabs-rival-player-who-killed-character-online.html

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Panthro

    @26 you made an assumption that only a dumbass would use there real name…

    That has nothing to do with someone valueing there privacy, I do value my privacy but I also like the idea of using my full name, it looks cleaner on a profile and is easier for people who know me to work out who I am rather than being called ‘panthro’…

    Its an option, Sony arent forcing anyone so its entirely up to the individual if they want to use there name, I just dont see why its so bad, everyones so caught up with the whole internet anonymous thing… I think the net would be a better place if it wasnt so anonymous, there would be less little kids thinking they can get away saying disgusting things to people.

    Ofcourse there are alot of advantages and a lot of disadvantages to having a less anonymous internet and Im fully aware of both… In before someone ‘tries’ to set me straight on my opinion.

    + its a very rare case if someone tries to ‘look me up’ from an online game and if it does ever happen I wish them the best of luck with there said lives.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. GwynbleiddiuM

    @Hcw87 It’s like B.net Real ID, only your friends see that and I have absolutely no issues there, I do like to know my real id friends and knowing their names helps and builds up trust. That is why even though a lot of my real id wow friends aren’t playing anymore we’re still in touch through email and facebook. So, it’s not a waste of time and it’s not a feature for dumbasses, it’s a feature for people that understand the concept of friendship inside and outside of the real world.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. TD_Monstrous69

    Have been wanting to ditch my PSN id for years, so this is good news to me.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. TrickyAudio

    I rarely play PSN without my friends (pretty much real life ones)though. I think this will be fine for me, but glad its optional.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. ManuOtaku

    I think having multiple options is the best for the consumers, myself i will not use it iam very fond of my internet name, which is manuotaku, and i will not stop using it because it has my name on it, manu short of manuel and iam an otaku, liking videogames, anime and hevy metal, but i grant that for people that like the option it will be great.

    Now i thinl it has is negatives like the before mentioned things, like real persecution from other gamers, and a big possitive maybe people will stop being so douche over the internet due not showing real names, but perhaps that the people that will use this, i mean real names it is because in real life they are not douches over the internet, so who knows i hope for the best.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. loveaya

    It’s meaningless. I don’t know what a idiot would use their real names on Internet, even if i really know some guys like this…

    #34 2 years ago
  35. edragon

    I still don’t get it. WHY someone wants to use REAL NAMES in PSN or Xbox Live, when they play with strangers??

    Security hints and tips: DO NOT USE ONLINE your real names and real addresses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Solnem

    If you can make this “real name” show in every aspect of PSN, it would be awesome. The PSN ID could stay accessible through profil access or something like that. If there is no verification process for the “real names”, why not just use it for a nickname.

    At least for me that’s how user databases should be handled. Username or e-mail for login purpose and an extra column for a nickname. I can’t imagine what’s speaking against that. But maybe now it’s somewhat possible with the “real name” being shown. Oh well, let’s just check on that in a few days.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. polygem

    i am ok with my current psn name OhMikeOdd but i would change it if i could. i think sony must come up with an option to change your psn id. i mean some people have been kids when they created a “cool” screenname for their playstations…being headshotkillerdude187 might not sound so great anymore 8 years later =)
    but then, that´s actuually an instant classic name, you could probably sell that account on ebay for some serious cash.

    #37 1 year ago

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  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

    Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be released on PlayStation 4 in May, Capcom has announced. All characters, levels and previous DLC will be included in the PS4 version, including a fix to input lag found in the PS3 version’s controls. The fighting game will be released digitally on the PS Store May 26 for $24.99 […]

  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

    Microsoft has confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison, its corporate VP of Xbox in Europe. According to a statement, Harrison left to pursue interests outside of the company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GI.biz. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

    Goat Simulator continues its plan to dominate all platforms under the sun by releasing on Xbox consoles. Goat Simulator has been released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The store page for the Xbox One version is now live, but the 360 one is lagging behind. Don’t know what this game is or what it’s […]

  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]

  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

    Rockstar is set to release a patch today that will fix a bug preventing players from installing the game. The bug is tied to Windows usernames that use certain characters not supported by Rockstar. There’s already a workaround available on the Rockstar Support site, but those waiting for an official update will be able to […]

  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]