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PSN ID Change Feature Announced, In PlayStation Preview Program Now

10 October 2018

After changing your name, you have the option to also display your old name in order to let people recognize it.

To be honest, though, this sounds like it's been a complex feature for Sony to implement. It will begin as part of the PlayStation Preview Program for those who have signed up for the betas for previous PS4 software updates.

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All PSN users will be able to change their name once for free, though each subsequent change will cost money. Changes after that will cost $10 USD/CAD / €9.99 / £7.99. The standard price for a name change is going to be $9.99, and PlayStation Plus members will only need to pay $4.99. If this is an issue, you can revert back to the original name for free at any time (but just once during the preview program).

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. Older PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita games may not support the feature and could experience errors as a result. Sony says the feature is "only compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 2018". This should solve "most" issues. In addition, when this feature officially launches, a list of compatible games published before April 1, 2018, will be provided on PlayStation.com for reference before you make a change.

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Another caveat is that the new feature won't be compatible with all games.

November 2018 is the planned date for the preview program with a full roll out in "early 2019".

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PSN ID Change Feature Announced, In PlayStation Preview Program Now