PlayStation Has FINALLY Officially Announced PSN ID Name Changes

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According to a Sony blog post by social media director Sid Shuman, the company will soon begin testing the PSN Online ID Change feature beta as part of the PlayStation Preview Program.

In the meantime, ID change will be available in beta form through the PlayStation Preview Program. If this is an issue, you can revert back to the original name for free at any time (but just once during the preview program). Subsequent changes will cost regular users $9.99 every time, but PlayStation Plus members will only need to pay $4.99. 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.

Sony claims that name changes may cause "issues" with certain games, and only games published after April 1, 2018 are guaranteed to work perfectly with name changes.

The preview program for the long-awaited feature will go live at the end of November, 2018, followed by a full rollout scheduled for early 2019 if all goes to plan. This feature has been requested endlessly since the PlayStation Network was launched back in 2006, and now, almost 12 years later, Sony is finally ready to flip the switch on this functionality.

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Your first PSN name change is a freebie, on Sony.

The PSN name change feature will be available for everyone in early 2019.

Players who choose to change their ID will be given the option to display their old one alongside it so that friends can recongise them but you won't be able to adjust this after completing the change. This will be useful if you encounter problems with an older game or application, or if you simply decide that you liked your old name better than the new one.

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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