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Sony Announces PSN ID Change Update Coming In 2019

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It’s coming – the PSN ID change update

It may have been a long time coming, but Sony have finally confirmed a PSN ID change update is coming as early as next year.

PlayStation user have been requesting to change their PSN IDs for around 12 years now. This is going to be like a breath of fresh air for millions of PlayStation owners who created their often embarrassing usernames when they were a heck of a lot younger.

First up, the beta

As per the norm, PlayStation will be releasing the new feature as a beta test to begin with. If you’re on the preview programme which provides the opportunity to test new updates before general release, you’ll be on the list to trial the new change.

What will the change allow?

If you’re on the preview programme this will allow you to change your PSN ID as many times as you want, however when the feature rolls out to the general public it’ll work a little different. By different we mean that your first PSN ID change will allow you to do so for free, and any subsequent changes will set you back £7.99. PS Plus members will be able to make the change for £3.99.

How can you change your PSN ID?

If you want to take advantage of the PSN ID change update then you’ll be able to do so either by visiting your settings area of your PS4 or by accessing your account profile via your PS4

Sony has said you’ll be able to ensure your previous PSN ID shows what you’ve changed your new ID to, mainly so your mates know who the newcomer is. They also warned that once you’ve applied this setting that you won’t be able to undo it once is done.

It’s worth knowing that the new feature is only going to work with PS4 games released after April 1st 2018 as well as “a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date”. In other words, PS4, PS3, and Vita games and apps aren’t guaranteed to support the PSN ID change feature. The guys at Sony communicated that players may on occasion encounter problems or errors in some games due to this.

If you encounter errors when you’ve made the change, you’ll be able to revert your PSN ID back to its original state if you find it impacts you too much, Sony said this will then resolve these problems. After the testing phase commences you will be able to see a list of compatible titles on the PlayStation website that were released prior to the April 1st 2018 cut off point

At last! The PSN ID change update is coming.

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