PSN name is finally here, kind of; we are as close to the feature as ever. PSN name change feature is entering PlayStation Preview Program, according to an announcement by Sony over at PlayStation Blog.
PlayStation Network Online ID edit button will only be available to select PlayStation 4 users who have pre-registered for PS4 beta testings. During the beta phase, users will be able to change their PSN names for as many times as they want.
However, once the feature fully rolls out, Sony will charge for changing PSN IDs. Sony will charge as much $10 for your PSN name changes. Prices vary by region and whether or not you are a PS Plus member. For PS Plus members, PSN name change costs 50% less, $4.99 only. Meanwhile, $9.99 is the rate for the rest.
The first change is free of cost, of course.
A nice little aspect of this addition is the ability to display your old PSN ID alongside the new one. This would make it easier for people to look you up on the PlayStation Network.
When you change your online ID, you will have the option to display your previous ID with your new ID, so your friends can recognize you. Once you decide to display your old ID or not, you won’t be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process.
But not all is sunshine and rainbows here. Sony confirmed that not all games are guaranteed to support this feature. Games published after April 1, 2018 support PSN name change while a vast majority of games released prior to April 1 do support it as well. But do not expect every game to do so.
Some games may experience issues when you change your PSN ID. The good news is that you can revert back to your old PSN ID at any given time if you face problems, at least in the beta phase.