PlayStation Preview members will soon be able change their PSN ID name
But beware, expect to encounter some issues.
Sony is moving quickly with its announcement that PSN name changes are coming to the ecosystem, according to a new blog post on the site.
According to the post, gamers that are a part of the PlayStation Preview Program, and have tested previous beta releases, will soon be able to try out the feature for themselves. Now, there are some interesting caveats to the ID change feature, outlined in the post.
Your first change is free, but changes after that are $9.99 each. If you are a PlayStation Plus member, the fee is only $4.99. You can also have your old username display alongside your new one, so friends can figure out who you are. This is all pretty standard, but here’s where it gets interesting.
Your name change might not work with all games
Yes, it is possible that your snazzy new name that reflects your true self will not actually display properly sometimes. Because that makes sense. The feature is only compatible with PlayStation 4 games that were originally published after April 1, 2018. It also notes that a “large majority” of the “most-played” PlayStation 4 games that were released prior should also work without any issues.
Sid Shuman Director, Social Media, and author of the post, then outlines that not all games and applications for the PS4, PS3, and Vita are guaranteed to support the name change and users could encounter errors.
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 these happen and you’re unhappy with the experience, you can revert your name back once for free.
We’ve reached out to Sony to clarify if the information above is only relevant to the beta release or if that should be expected when the feature fully rolls out in early 2019.
It looks like there is no way to currently sign up for the PlayStation Preview Program, so if you missed out on the last one then you’re out of luck.
What do you think? Are you a member of the Preview Program? Let us know below.
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