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PlayStation announce when you'll be able to change your PSN ID

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Melba Vasquez | 10 October, 2018, 18:42

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. Subsequent name changes will cost money, with it being $4.99 for PlayStation Plus members and $9.99 for everyone else.

Microsoft would in fact charge Xbox Live users a fee to change their name, which many players obliged to, but Sony were still reluctant.

Finally, after months of hints and rumors, Sony has officially announced that the option to change your PSN Online ID is now being tested and will roll out to all PlayStation users in "early 2019" (with earlier testing for members of the PlayStation Preview Program). "Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or via the Profile page of your PS4".

You'll have the option to show your previous ID alongside your current one in case your friends need to find you, although you'll want to be careful. Once you decide on which name to display, it will be permanent.

There is a small catch, however. PlayStation is making it clear not all PS4, PS3, and PS Vita games are guaranteed to support the feature, so users might see issues or errors in certain games. They'll give you the option to revert back to your old ID (once), but even then PlayStation can only commit to "most" issues caused by the ID change being resolved. For those that do get access, you'll be able to do your first change for free. At that time, a full list of compatible games (those published before April 1, 2018) will be released. Join in on the conversation in the comment section below!

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