Sony Officially Announces PSN ID Changes are Coming

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Via PlayStation Blog - “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. The PSN Online ID Change feature beta will be a part of the PlayStation Preview Program, and will become available to select users that have pre-registered as testers for previous PS4 system software betas.

During the preview program, you will be able to change your online ID as many times as you want. The first change 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.”

If you’re like me and created your PSN ID in a rush so you could fire the system up and actually play games, then this news has been a long time coming. For years, the loyal PlayStation fan base has clamored for the ability to change their PSN ID’s without having to create an entirely new account. While it may not seem like a big deal to create a new ID if you’re unsatisfied with your username choice circa 2006, you have to keep in mind this would erase the player’s progress in online, multiplayer games, as well as their virtual trophy case. Sony has made some positive moves over the past month or so with their addition of cross-play, and now they are finally giving their fans a feature they have all been waiting for.

 I love my PS4 so much, but I  hate  having my last name as my PSN ID.

I love my PS4 so much, but I hate having my last name as my PSN ID.

In terms of the actual update, nothing seems out of the ordinary. I’m sure there will be people who complain about paying $4.99 or $9.99 (price depending on PS Plus status) for additional name changes, but this is nothing new as Microsoft already implements a similar strategy and price tag. The price on additional name changes is there to make sure people aren’t getting away with offensive tags and so they don’t constantly change their name, which could cause problems with the how games remember their progress. PlayStation’s blog post mentions games published before April 1, 2018 could experience issues when you change your name. It’s not outside the realm of possibilities to believe that PlayStation doesn’t want people changing names too frequently, causing additional woes. I’m more than okay with a fee for additional name changes because the first one will be free. As long as you take some time to think about what you want your name to be from here on out, you shouldn’t worry about paying for any additional changes. One thing I love about the update, from a strict nostalgia perspective, is the ability to list your current (old) PSN ID underneath your new choice. This reminds me of the old AOL Instant Messenger days when you would change your screen name and put your old one in your profile to let everyone know it is, in fact, still you.

Sony has had a wild 2018. Throughout the year they have released some of the most memorable gaming experiences with the likes of God of War, Detroit: Become Human, and Spider-Man. Here at the end of 2018 they’ve delivered on their promises of cross-play and, finally, are giving their supporters a small feature we have all been asking for. It’s great to see a company listen to their customers, no matter how long it may take.

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