After more than 12 years, the folks at Sony will finally be allowing PlayStation Network users to change their PSN ID names beginning in 2019. This feature is something that fans have been asking to happen for more than a decade, and beta testing for the service will begin soon.
However, not all PlayStation 3, 4, or Vita games will support the new ID.
“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,” Sony said in their announcement. “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 first PSN ID name change will be free for everyone, and subsequent changes will run $10 each time (or $5 for PlayStation Plus members).