Many, MANY PlayStation owners have been requesting (to the point of annoyance) the ability to change their PSN ID for years now. Since the launch of PlayStation Network, players have been able to make as many accounts as they wish for free but could not change the username for an existing account. That will soon be a thing of the past.
Today, Sony has confirmed that this feature is finally incoming and a preview program is planned to test out the process. This will be available to players that have participated in previous firmware betas.
According to Sony, changing your PSN ID for the first time is free, and changes after that will cost $9.99 USD / CAD. For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $4.99 USD/ CAD after the first change. Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or via the Profile page of your PS4.
Here is more on the new feature from Sid Shuman
“When you change your online ID, you will have the option to display your previous ID with your new ID, so your friends can recognize you. Once you decide to display your old ID or not, you won’t be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process.”
“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. 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.”
“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, so stay tuned for updates down the road!”
So there you have it folks, your prayers have finally been answered. With better PS Plus games now being offered for PS4, Cross-Play and now PSN ID changes, it seems Sony is back in the business of listening to their customers.