PSN ID Change Feature Announced, In PlayStation Preview Program Now

Getty Images  Tomohiro Ohsumi

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Once you decide to display your old ID or not, you won't be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process. 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".

During the preview program, users will be able to change their online ID multiple times.

The first name change will be free, and any subsequent changes will cost $9.99, or $4.99 for PlayStation Plus members.

Finally, after months of hints and rumors, Sony has officially announced that the option to change your PSN Online ID is now being tested and will roll out to all PlayStation users in "early 2019" (with earlier testing for members of the PlayStation Preview Program). The changes will be available in the Settings menu and Profile page on PS4.

You can also display your old ID alongside your new one in order to make sure that your friends know who you still are. It will be compatible with PS4 games released after April 1, 2018, and "the majority of the most-played PS4 games" released before this date. However, not all games and applications for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita are guaranteed to support the change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games. A compatibility list will be announced and Sony will allow people to revert back to their old name. If there is any issue after changing your ID, it can be reverted free of charge.

The preview program is set to go until the end of November 2018, and PlayStation has plans to roll it out for all PS4 players in early 2019.

So, what do we think?

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