Earlier this month we reported on some pretty solid rumours that the long-awaited PSN ID name change feature might finally be coming soon. Now, Sony has officially revealed that the feature will be coming to the PlayStation Preview program soon. The Preview program for this feature will conclude at the end of November. All PS4 owners will get to use it in “early 2019”.
It will be awesome to finally be able to change the PSN ID you might have chosen quickly and without much thought. No longer will we see “ChuckNorris69Bliat” on our friend’s list, or maybe we might see more? The thing is, the choice will be ours to change our PSN IDs as we see fit.
On the official PlayStation Blog, Sony explains that the beta preview will be available to those who have previously signed up for System Software betas, then continue to drop this little bombshell:
During the preview program, you will be able to change your online ID as many times as you want. The first change is free, and changes after that will cost $9.99 USD / CAD. For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $4.99 USD/ CAD after the first change.
One PSN ID name change is free, so at least that’s great. However, if you are not happy with your PSN ID after that you will have to throw some money at Sony for the ability to change it again. At the time of writing local pricing is not available. Even with a PlayStation Plus membership changing your ID more than once will cost you at the very least R50 by the looks of things. Even more, if we take the direct Dollar to Rand conversion rate into account or if you don’t have an active PlayStation Plus membership.
Changes to your PSN ID seem to be easy to make, as you can do so via the settings menu or your profile page on your PS4. Further, Sony notes that you will have the option to display your previous IDs with your new one so your friends can recognize you. However, there is something to consider, as Sony explains that: “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.”
Not every game will support this ID change option, as Sony explains that:
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.
What do you think about the PSN ID name change feature? Do you think it should come with a cost? Let us know in the comment section below.