PSN Name Changes Officially Announced by Sony

PSN Name Changes Officially Announced by Sony

After months of build up, and a rather large leak last week, Sony have confirmed that PlayStation Network ID changes are on the way, letting you hand in your embarrassing online name badge in favour of something a bit more sensible.

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.

PSN ID Change is part of the PlayStation Preview Program, and will allow you to change your name as many times as you like.

A post on the PlayStation Blog runs down the details for how the name change service will work. You'll see a game compatibility list when name changing officially arrives. A full roll-out to all PlayStation users in planned for early 2019.

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The first change will be free. Subsequent changes will cost £7.99/$9.99, or £3.99/$4.99 if you have PlayStation Plus.

Are there any potential complications for changing my PSN ID?

However, the announcement warned that changing IDs will cause some compatibility issues with games that launched before April 1, 2018. PlayStation adds, "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". There will be a way to fix these problems, but you may not like it. Be warned, however, once the choice has been made to display the old ID or not, "you won't be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process". So 24 year-old TW33NY_BOppErZ can now rest easy that they can change their handle to something more palatable in the new year.

There's a few quirks to the upcoming feature that you should know about, especially if you're the sort of person who likes to dive into their library and play older games. It doesn't sound like you'll get your money back if you paid for the name change, though.

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