PSN Name Changes Officially Announced by Sony

Kelley Robertson
October 11, 2018

After a round of rumors suggesting as much, Sony has confirmed that it will indeed be allowing PlayStation Network users to change their names.

It will initially become available for just a small selection of users who have already registered to test PS4 system software betas.

In a post on the Playstation Blog it says that you can change your username as many times as you want. You'll also get the ability to display your previous PSN ID alongside your new one (so your friends can recognize you). However, unlike the previous setting, this option is only available while applying the change and not after. 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". For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $5 USD/CAD / €4.99 / £3.99 after the first change. That small cost is meant to discourage scammers and griefers from constantly changing their account name for the purposes of harassment.

There hasn't been a way to change your PSN ID since the PlayStation Network was launched in 2006.

The preview program for the long-awaited feature will go live at the end of November, 2018, followed by a full rollout scheduled for early 2019 if all goes to plan.

Are there any potential complications for changing my PSN ID?

During the preview program you can revert back if the errors are so busted that you can't use programs correctly. This will be useful if you encounter problems with an older game or application, or if you simply decide that you liked your old name better than the new one. So 24 year-old TW33NY_BOppErZ can now rest easy that they can change their handle to something more palatable in the new year. It doesn't sound like you'll get your money back if you paid for the name change, though.

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