It’s Official: Sony Announces PlayStation Network Name Changes
It’s official. Following reports from anonymous game developers that Sony was preparing to implement PlayStation Network name changes, Sony has announced that users will be able to change their PlayStation Network ID starting in 2019.
Sony says that the first change will be free and subsequent changes will cost $10 for regular users and $5 for PlayStation Plus members. (You’d think that a subscription to PlayStation Plus could give you free name changes, too.) Here’s the official statement from Sony:
“When you change your online ID, you will have the option to display your previous ID with your new ID, so your friends can recognize you. Once you decide to display your old ID or not, you won’t be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process.
This feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date. However, please note not all games and applications for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games. If for any reason you experience issues after changing your ID, you can revert back to your original ID for free at any time (you will only be able to revert once during the preview program). Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change. 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.”
The process won’t be perfect, but users have been asking for the ability to change old or embarrassing PSN names for years—practically since the PSN was launched in 2006! (Remember 2006? The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion? Hitman: Blood Money!? Final Fantasy VII!!?)
Beta testing for the new feature will start soon if you are a member of PlayStation’s preview program. The rest of us will have to wait until early 2019.