Sony is finally going to let you change that bad PSN ID

Angelica Greene
October 10, 2018

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.

Users that have already pre-registered as testers in previous PS4 software betas will have access to this new feature "soon". Non-PlayStation Plus members will be charged $9.99 per additional name change, while PlayStation Plus members only have to pay $4.99.

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.

When you change your online ID, you will be given the option to also display your old one along with your new ID so that your friends will be able to recognize you. The first change is free, while any change after that will cost $9.99 Dollars / $9.99 CAD / €9.99 / £7.99 for regular users and $4.99 USD / $4.99 CAD / €4.99 / £3.99 for PlayStation Plus members. Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or the Profile page of your PS4.

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More importantly, not every game will play nicely with your new ID. They'll give you the option to revert back to your old ID (once), but even then PlayStation can only commit to "most" issues caused by the ID change being resolved.

So there is no guarantee that your Online ID will reflect in any games prior to April 1 2018 - worse, PlayStation can't guarantee that there won't be "issues or errors" with older games.

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. You'll see a game compatibility list when name changing officially arrives.

So, what do we think?

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