PlayStation Has FINALLY Officially Announced PSN ID Name Changes

PlayStation announce when you'll be able to change your PSN ID

PlayStation users will finally be able to change their online ID with the option to also display the older one to avoid confusion within the friends list.

To be honest, though, this sounds like it's been a complex feature for Sony to implement. Initially, it is only going to be available to Sony's "Playstation Preview Program", but the feature is planned to be rolled out for everyone in the new year. You will be able to revert to your original PSN ID for free once at any time to resolve these issues.

You will have the option to display your old ID alongside your new ID, which is interesting as it suggests that PlayStation really are putting some kind of universal identifier behind the scenes to keep your various names linked. For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $5 USD/CAD / €4.99 / £3.99 after the first change.

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Finally, after months of hints and rumors, Sony has officially announced that the option to change your PSN Online ID is now being tested and will roll out to all PlayStation users in "early 2019" (with earlier testing for members of the PlayStation Preview Program). Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or the Profile page of your PS4.

So there is no guarantee that your Online ID will reflect in any games prior to April 1 2018 - worse, PlayStation can't guarantee that there won't be "issues or errors" with older games. The preview is set to end around November 2018, while full implementation is set for 2019. If there is any issue after changing your ID, it can be reverted free of charge. However, some PS4, PS3, and PS Vita games will not be compatible, which could cause problems. It's priced on par with Xbox, but there are a lot of potential risks to consider.

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