PSN Name Changes Confirmed, Coming to PlayStation Preview Program Soon

PlayStation announce when you'll be able to change your PSN ID

Sony has confirmed that name changes are indeed coming to PlayStation, allowing people to change their PlayStation Network usernames.

Sony is trialing a feature which will finally allow PlayStation users to change their PlayStation Network Online ID.

You'll have the option to show your previous ID alongside your current one in case your friends need to find you, although you'll want to be careful. That's because Sony has never offered the option to change that PSN username, despite over a decade of frequent requests from users embarrassed over youthful name choices like "XxX_BluntMaster69_XxX". For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $5 USD/CAD / €4.99 / £3.99 after the first change.

Last week we heard from multiple developers that Sony was about to unveil its PSN name-changing service: something Microsoft rolled out many years ago that Sony fans have clamored for.

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Details about how the PSN name change will work were also revealed.

Another caveat is that the new feature won't be compatible with all games. Some PlayStation 4 games released before April 1, 2018 and all published after that date will support the feature. If there is any issue after changing your ID, it can be reverted free of charge.

That's it! There's going to be a preview program for registered PlayStation testers during which all name changing will be free. Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change. If gamers run into an issue with their new ID, they can revert back to their old one once during the beta testing.

The beta for PS name changes is "scheduled to conclude at the end of November 2018" and all PS4 owners will be able to change their names, if all goes well, in early 2019. Sony will provide a list of supported ID change games (again, this is freakish that it doesn't just work universally, and a glimpse into Sony's odd infrastructure).

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