PlayStation Name Changes Are Official: Feature Rolls out Early 2019

PlayStation Preview Users Get First Dibs

PlayStation owners will have the luxury of changing their online IDs, more than 10 years after the launch of PSN. The news came via the official PlayStation blog, which confirmed the circulated rumor.

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Back at PSX 2017, Sony CEO Shawn Layden claimed that PSN name changes would be addressed at this year’s PSX. With PSX 2018 canceled, no one knew when the Sony higher-ups would return to the issue. Thankfully, it looks like the company has listened to the pleas of their playerbase. The name change feature will roll out in a beta for the PlayStation Preview program, which means pre-registered testers will have first access.

PlayStation’s beta test will allow users to change their PSN ID, as many times as they like. After the first ID change, players will have to pay $9.99 USD / CAD, while PSN subscribers must pay no more than $4.99 USD / CAD. Conveniently, you can opt to display your original name alongside the new one—that way friends will know who you are, immediately. If you decide not to display your original name, the single display name is permanent.

Last but not least, the name change feature is compatible with any game published after April 1st, 2018 and the majority of games that came before the listed date. Some old titles, here and there, may present issues to users with new online IDs – will include a list of titles that function properly. The beta period will officially end on November 2019. Afterward, we can expect a full rollout sometime in early 2019.

Now’s the time to list your terrible PSN IDs. Comment them down below.