PSN Name Changes Officially Happening

PlayStation Network users will soon be able to change their usernames after years of waiting.

A post on the PlayStation Blog details the highly requested feature, which will be rolling out very soon as a part of the PlayStation Preview Program. Users that have registered for previous system software betas will be the first to gain the ability to change their names, with a full rollout scheduled for early 2019.

Similar to how name changes are implemented on Xbox Live, your first PSN name change will be free, and then it’ll cost you $9.99 every time after that. PlayStation Plus members will get a sizable discount, only being charged $4.99 per change.

When you change your online ID, you’ll be able to display your old name alongside your new one, that way your friends can recognize you. This choice is permanent, however. Whether you choose to display your old alias beneath your new identity, you won’t be able to adjust that setting after the name change process is complete.

Interestingly, it seems not all games will support name changes. The blog post states “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.” This makes it sound like the username changing functionality is much more complicated under the hood than it may seem, which would explain why it took such a highly requested feature so long to be implemented. If you run into any issues, you’ll be able to revert back to your old ID at any time, and a list of compatible games will be provided on the official PlayStation website once the feature fully launches.

Here’s looking at you, xX_GokuKid420_Xx.

Will you be changing your PSN name? Be sure to let us know down below, and stay tuned to Circle Square Games for everything PlayStation.

Author: Diego Perez

Diego Perez is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Texas. Although he's working toward a degree in Telecommunication Media Studies at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Diego spends his free time playing and writing about games. He's been writing about games for over two years at this point, and his work has been published at websites like The Outerhaven and Attack of the Fanboy. When he's not playing games, he's talking about games, and Diego does both a lot.

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