No, you’re not dreaming. Soon, us PlayStation lovers will finally be able to change our PSN names. For years, the inability to edit your PSN online ID has been one of the biggest criticisms of Sony’s powerhouse console. Players begged for this change, but so much time went by with no progress that some started to give up on the possibility completely. Come early 2019, this won’t be an issue any longer.
Just yesterday via PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that a beta program for PSN name changes would conclude this November for those that are registered with the PlayStation Preview Program and that a full rollout of the feature would come early next year. The update doesn’t come without its caveats, though. The first time you change your PSN ID, it will be free of charge, but subsequent changes will come with a $4.99 for PlayStation Plus, and a $9.99 charge for non-members. In addition, the ID edits may not be compatible with older PlayStation games, so change your name at your own risk! The switch can be reverted back at any time if players run into problems. The name change will be available within the console’s settings menu.
Other details about the new feature as well as more information about compatibility were mentioned in PlayStation’s post:
When you change your online ID, you will have the option to display your previous ID with your new ID, so your friends can recognize you. 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.
This feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date. However, please note not all games and applications for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games. If for any reason you experience issues after changing your ID, you can revert back to your original ID for free at any time (you will only be able to revert once during the preview program). Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change. In addition, when this feature officially launches, a list of compatible games published before April 1, 2018, will be provided on PlayStation.com for reference before you make a change.
Are you excited for this long-awaited change to finally be real? Or are you already satisfied with your PSN name? Let us know in the comments!
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