PSN Name Changes Confirmed, Coming to PlayStation Preview Program Soon

Yolanda Curtis
October 10, 2018

During the preview program, users will be able to change their online ID multiple times.

The first name change will be free, and any subsequent changes will cost $9.99, or $4.99 for PlayStation Plus members.

When games change their ID, they can choose an option to have their old name appear next to their new one.

PS4 fans have today received big news from Sony, with the first details of the PSN name change feature revealed.

Sony Interactive Entertainment will launch a preview program to test PlayStation Network online ID changes at the end of November, ahead of the feature's full release in early 2019, the company announced.

Here's the kicker, because with Sony there usually is one: the name change won't actually work for every game.

With each huge update that hits the PlayStation network, many PSN users have had no problem being vocal about there displeasure that there still isn't a way to change those old gamertags.

In order to change your ID (whether you are part of the preview program or once the feature officially rolls out), you can go to the Settings menu or complete the change on the Profile page of your PS4.

It's important to note that "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".

You'll have the option to revert to your old name if you do have issues, but Shuman's exact words are that this will solve most issues. Sony will provide a list of supported ID change games (again, this is weird that it doesn't just work universally, and a glimpse into Sony's odd infrastructure).

During the preview, you will be able to change your online ID as many times as you want.

Once this feature launches, a list of compatible games published before April 1, 2018, will be made available.

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