PlayStation Online ID name change feature coming soon

Isaac Cain
October 10, 2018

Users that have already pre-registered as testers in previous PS4 software betas will have access to this new feature "soon".

You can also display your old ID alongside your new one in order to make sure that your friends know who you still are.

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

Here's another kicker and the key to why PSN ID changes have been such a struggle for PlayStation to implement.

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Following on from the strong rumours last week, PlayStation Blog have confirmed that PSN Name changes are finally headed to the network with the functionality being tested in the Preview program.

During the preview program, users will be able to change their online ID multiple times. The PSN ID change will work on PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018. The Nintendo Switch doesn't let you change your base Nintendo Account username, but it does make it easy (and free) to change the "nickname" that appears to other players online. Numerous most popular PS4 games that were released prior to that date will work as well, but beware, several games will not have the PSN ID change function. PlayStation is making it clear not all PS4, PS3, and PS Vita games are guaranteed to support the feature, so users might see issues or errors in certain games.

Unlike its rival system, the Xbox 360 and now the Xbox One X, PSN users were unable to ever change their username after creating it.

That being said, when the feature officially launches, Sony will provide a full list of compatible games so you can plan ahead and weigh your options. The preview is set to end around November 2018, while full implementation is set for 2019.

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