Sony prepares to allow PSN name-changing

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Sony has announced that it will soon allow its users to change their PlayStation Network Online IDs.

In a blogpost, the company’s Director of Social Media Sid Shuman said: “We’re happy to announce that we will soon begin testing the long-awaited feature that will allow users to change their PlayStation Network Online ID from their PlayStation 4 system. The PSN Online ID Change feature beta will be a part of the PlayStation Preview Program, and will become available to select users that have pre-registered as testers for previous PS4 system software betas.” 

Shuman added that: “The preview program for this feature is scheduled to conclude at the end of November 2018. The full rollout of the feature to all PS4 owners is planned for early 2019.” And he pointed out a proviso: “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.”

And while those who opt to change their PSN IDs during the beta programme will find that their first name-change is free, they will have to pay $9.99 a pop for any subsequent name-changes (or $4.99 if they have PlayStation Plus subscriptions). At last, PlayStation owners will have the chance to rectify those embarrassing PSN handles which they thought would be funny at the time. We’ll bring you news of the precise date when the feature is rolled out to all PlayStation 4 owners when it emerges.