PSN Name Changes Will Happen, With Some Exceptions

Do you have regrets over the name you've chosen for your PSN ID? Worry not: you will soon be able to change it, for a fee.

Recently, there were rumblings that you might soon be able to change your PSN name. Today, we've found out that will actually (finally) be the case. 

Announced by PlayStation Social Media Director, Sid Shuman, PSN name changes will soon be made available -- for a fee. Before this feature is released to the general PlayStation public, however, it will be beta tested by select users who have signed up for previous PS4 system software betas. 

The beta will end at the end of November, and it will allow users to change their username as many times as they like. The first change will be free, but subsequent changes will cost $9.99, with PS Plus members paying only $4.99.

Upon changing your username, you will be given a choice as to whether or not you wish to display your old name alongside your new one, so as not to confuse friends of your identity. Once the choice to display your old name is decided, it cannot be undone. 

This feature will be supported by all games released after April 1, 2018. A list of compatible games released before this date will be made available upon the public launch in early 2019. Some games may not be compatible with the ID change, which may result in errors when playing online. Any errors can be undone by reverting to your original username for free. 

No word yet on when the beta will launch, but given its end of November wrap date, it shouldn't be much longer.


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Published Oct. 10th 2018

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