Sony has announced that players will soon be able to change their PSN Online IDs in an upcoming update, a feature that’s been requested for almost a decade now.
It seems Sony has started actually listening to its players, first with the announcement that it was breaking the cross-network wall down, and now with this, the ability for players to change their old embarrassing PSN Online IDs.
That’s right, xXFartKnocker42Xx can finally change their name to something a little less high school if they so wish, though much like the cross-network announcement, it does come with some caveats.
First of all, the name change feature is going into beta and will be available to select users who have pre-registered as testers for previous PS4 system software betas. During the preview, players will be able to change their names as many times as they wish, however, the first time will be free, and thereafter players will be required to cough up $9.99, or $4.99 for PS Plus members.
In addition, players will have the option to display their previous PSN Online IDs alongside their new ID so friends can recognize them. Though once this decision has been made (to display it or not) it cannot be changed in the future. Oh, and the change might not be compatible with every game on PlayStation.
“This feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date. However, 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,” said a post on the PlayStation Blog.
“If for any reason you experience issues after changing your ID, you can revert back to your original ID for free at any time (you will only be able to revert once during the preview program). Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change. 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.”