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Sony officially announces PSN account name changes

PlayStation users will soon be able to change their PSN account names, but it does come with some caveats

Sony announced today via the PlayStation Blog that PSN account name changes are finally coming.

PSN users will be able to change their username one time for free and every subsequent name change will run at $9.99. PlayStation Plus users will pay $4.99 for name changes after the first one.

Sony will begin rolling out the feature to select users–chosen from those who have previously signed up for beta testing–soon and then the feature will become widely available in early 2019, the post said. The preview period is scheduled to conclude by the end of November.

Users who choose to change their username will have a one-time option to display their previous name to friends to make it easier to identify one another, but once this option is chosen to be on or off it cannot be changed.

The biggest caveat to this, and one that may keep many users from changing their names, is below, as written on the PlayStation Blog:

“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 for any reason you experience issues after changing your ID, you can revert back to your original ID for free at any time (you will only be able to revert once during the preview program). Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change.”

The post also noted that a list of officially-supported titles will be published on PlayStation.com once the name change feature is fully rolled out.

Users who do want to change their names will be able to do so right from the settings menu of the PlayStation 4 once the feature is live.

Similarly, Xbox users have been able to change their Xbox account names for years with the first change being free. Microsoft charges $8 for name changes after the first one.

Sony said at last year’s PlayStation Experience that we’d probably be talking about name changes by this year’s event (which was recently canceled) so the timing makes sense.

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