Details PlayStation PSN online ID change function, not compatible with all games

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If you want to change your ID, make sure you know the details first.

Looking to change your PSN ID after all this time? Sony is finally going to allow this from 2019, finally. So if you’ve been dealing with an embarrassing name this whole time and fancy changing it up any way you can on Xbox Live, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, there is, as you might suspect, a catch.

First, the details, as reported via the official PlayStation blog. The PSN Online ID Changer feature will come into effect as part of a PlayStation Preview Program beta, and will be available to select users who have pre-registered as testers for PlayStation 4 software betas in the past. The preview program will allow you to change your online ID as much as you want. The first change is free, but if you decide to change it after that, it will cost you $9.99. PlayStation Plus members will pay $4.99.

Changing your login means that you will have the possibility to display your old login with the new one, but if you decide not to display it, you will not be able to change it later. Here’s the caveat: the feature will only be compatible with “most” PS4 games released after April 1, 2018, as well as most “most played” PS4 games before that date. The official PlayStation Blog notes that many games for PS4, PS3, and Vita may not support the change and could actually cause bugs and other issues.


If you change and start seeing issues, you can come back for free at any time (and once during the preview), but there’s no refund word for changing your name and having to come back. Luckily, there will be an official list of compatible games to check before changing IDs, but that won’t really solve the problem.

The preview program will end around November this year and the final version of the feature will be available in 2019, although Sony has not offered a date on its official blog. Yeah, that’s great news and all, but it’s not as great as we imagined – who wants to pay to invite potential bugs? We’ll have to wait and see what happens before we pass judgement, however.

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