PlayStation Has FINALLY Officially Announced PSN ID Name Changes

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Getty Images Tomohiro Ohsumi

Users will be able to change their PlayStation Network Online ID as many times as they want during the preview program.

The option will be accessible in the settings menu of your PS4 as well as on your main profile page.

On Wednesday, PlayStation's Sid Shuman announced via a blog post that the PSN Online ID Change feature beta will be coming to the PlayStation Preview Program, and that select users that have registered for PS4 system software betas in the past will be able to test it as well. There'll be a short wait after that, with the feature set to officially roll out for all users sometime in early 2019. Sony will allow you to display both IDs at the same time so your friends will know you made a change and don't get confused. If you've got one of those PSN names that makes you cringe every time you look at it, you'll soon be able to do something about it and leave that name in the past. Sony's giving you the first change free, but after that you'll have to fork out $9.99; PlayStation Plus members will pay slightly less at $4.99. Do you have plans to change your PSN name? Sony is rolling out name change functionality first as a beta that will only be available through the PlayStation Preview Program. If gamers run into an issue with their new ID, they can revert back to their old one once during the beta testing. If you're not in the Preview Program, the feature will not be available until Sony gives it an official full release.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sony notes that not all games for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita will support PSN ID Change. A list of compatible games will be provided, so gamers can make an informed choice. Some PlayStation 4 games released before April 1, 2018 and all published after that date will support the feature. It's priced on par with Xbox, but there are a lot of potential risks to consider.

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