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PlayStation Network online ID change feature coming in early 2019

PlayStation Network online ID change feature coming in early 2019

As of now, the feature will only be available to PlayStation users that have registered as testers for previous PS4 system software betas.

Twelve years after debuting its PlayStation Network online service alongside the PlayStation 3, Sony is finally giving users the ability to change their PSN Online ID.

Users will be able to change their PlayStation Network Online ID as many times as they want during the preview program. However, unlike the previous setting, this option is only available while applying the change and not after. You can't change that after completing the name change, Sony said.

"The first change is free, and changes after that will cost $9.99".

Here's another kicker and the key to why PSN ID changes have been such a struggle for PlayStation to implement.

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A beta for the long-awaited feature will begin at the end of November, with a full roll-out expected in early 2019.

Are there any potential complications for changing my PSN ID?

Sony says the feature is "only compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 2018". Unfortunately, not all titles will support the new online ID, as Sony explains that players may "occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games". There will be a way to fix these problems, but you may not like it. A compatibility list will be announced and Sony will allow people to revert back to their old name. 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.

You can also display your old ID alongside your new one in order to make sure that your friends know who you still are.

Other remarks made by PS execs over the years have led us to believe the change might be hard because certain PSN assets are tied to user names.