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PlayStation Online ID name change feature coming soon

PlayStation Online ID name change feature coming soon”

Last week we heard from multiple developers that Sony was about to unveil its PSN name-changing service: something Microsoft rolled out many years ago that Sony fans have clamored for.

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.

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

You can also display your old ID alongside your new one in order to make sure that your friends know who you still are. The standard price for a name change is going to be $9.99, and PlayStation Plus members will only need to pay $4.99.

Registered PlayStation 4 system software beta testers will be the first to test the PSN name change option feature, after it rolls out.

While all PlayStation 4 games published after April 1, 2018 will be compatible with this new feature, anything published before that date is not guaranteed. The Nintendo Switch doesn't let you change your base Nintendo Account username, but it does make it easy (and free) to change the "nickname" that appears to other players online. This should solve "most" issues.

So there is no guarantee that your Online ID will reflect in any games prior to April 1 2018 - worse, PlayStation can't guarantee that there won't be "issues or errors" with older games. If that happens, you can revert back to your original ID for free at any time (this can only be done once during the preview program). It's priced on par with Xbox, but there are a lot of potential risks to consider.



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