The name changes will be compatible with “most” games.
Following the news, a couple of weeks ago, that Sony is (finally) introducing cross-play, they’ve now knocked us sideways again, giving in to another feature that players have been after for years – the ability to change your PSN Online ID.
Announced, via the PlayStation blog, testing concludes in November and will be rolled out to everyone in early 2019. The beta is part of the PlayStation Preview Program, and select players that have pre-registered as testers for PlayStation 4 system software betas will be able to test out the new feature.
The first time you change your PSN name is free, but any further changes will cost €10/£8. PlayStation Plus members will fair a little better, getting any subsequent name changes at the slightly lower cost of €5/£4. You’ll be able to initiate the change via the Settings menu on your PS4 profile and you’ll have the option of displaying your old PSN ID next to your new one, to avoid confusion for your friends.
The name change feature is “compatible with PS4 games originally published after 1st April 2018,” as well as the “most played PS4 games that were released before this date.”
Sony goes on to explain, “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.” Fear not though, if you do encounter issues, you’ll be able to revert back to your original ID – free of charge – which will resolve most issues.
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