PSN Online ID Change confirmed, Preview Program starting soon

Sony has confirmed that the long request PSN Online ID change functionality is coming soon.

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.

Sony will be testing the PSN ID Change functionality first as part of their PlayStation Preview Program, available only to those who’ve registered as testers for the program.

Although testers will be able to change their IDs as many times as they want, when the service releases only the first name change will be free. After that users will be charged €9.99/£7.99 while for PlayStation Plus members it will cost €4.99/£3.99.

Sony also explained how the service will work. Users will be able to display their old IDs alongside their new ones so their friends can recognize them, this can be opted out of obviously, however this can only be adjusted when changing your ID.

The service was also stated to be compatible with games published after 1st April 2018 and a large majority of other popular games published before the date. Sony did warn that not all games are guaranteed to work across the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, probably due to how user IDs were structured by PSN and used by games, one of the reasons it took so long for the service to arrive. Sony will release a list of compatible games soon.

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You can change back your ID anytime for free, for the first time, if you’re facing any issues. It was rumored that you could lose out on your trophies and progress by changing your ID, so its good that Sony has a backup plan here.

The Playstation Preview Program testing PSN Online ID changes will end by late November, the service is expected to launch in Early 2019.

We were told Sony will be making improvements to the PSN in time for the PS5, guess this counts as one of them? Speaking about Sony’s upcoming console, the company CEO recently called next-gen hardware “necessary”. The PS5 is rumored to be backward compatible with prior Playstation titles and support a new V-Sync-like tech.

Will you be changing on your online ID? Have something embarrassing currently that you want to get rid of? Let us know in the comments.

Danial Arshad Khan

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