Sony: One-Time PSN Name Change Considered; “Listening” on PS4 UI Customization/Dynamic Themes and More

on April 17, 2014 2:29 AM

Just a couple days ago we reported a rumor about the alleged possibility of PSN name changes coming in the future and today SCE Director of Product Planning and Software Innovation, Home Consoles Scott McCarthy had interesting news to share in a string of comments of a post on the PlayStation blog.

First of McCarthy mentioned that the feature has been considered, also asking for feedback. He also hinted that, if implemented, it would be a one-time possibility:

Considered it. How often do you think you would use it?

Yup. One time use is the norm. We get why it’s important. Gamers change and mature, just like the console!

He also gave some love to the possibility of adding ways to customize the UI of the PS4:

We know you guys love dynamic themes on PS3 and look forward to evolving the idea for PS4… How would YOU evolve dynamic themes given the flow of the PS4 UI? We’re listening… let us know!

Lots of comments about personalizing data and UI look. We’re listening.

Looks like the game pre-download feature will also get a count-down for releases:

I know right?? There will be a countdown that starts when the official time of release is announced.

Moving on to the new SHAREFactory video editing suite, McCarthy added a few interesting details:

Your hope has it right. Share Factory will not linked to the share button.

Import will not be possible through USB for security related reasons. We get why it would be awesome but will not be available at launch.

Good question! “If i dont own camera can i still use headset on the videos?”
Answer: YES. Record voice OR video commentary.

Second screen controls via PlayStation App and PS Vita could come in the future:

At launch the DS4 will control Share Factory. We’ll look to evolve the controls over time. Thanks!

He also responded this to the suggestion of adding Shuhei Yoshida’s face to the sticker collection usable in the suite… Not sure if trolling/joking, though:

I am going to give that to the Share Factory content team RIGHT NOW. Awesome call…

Lastly, there an interesting little detail coming from an unofficial but reliable source: industry insider Tidux, who is known for having dropped quite a few details on the PS4’s OS and UI before they were unveiled, teased further updates related to sound:

Sure sounds like a good update, but there’s more on the horizon.

“Sounds” was bolded in the original post. He also confirmed that it was indeed a hint:

Dropped a hint on GAF, no one picked it up.

Personally, I’d be all for Shu’s face introduced between the stickers, especially if it’s something like the animated GIF below.


 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.