You’ve been making your voice heard for quite a while now, and Sony has finally listened. You’ll be able to change your PSN ID in early 2019.
That’s right, you’ll finally be able to get rid of that awful “WeedSniffer69” gamertag that you adorned yourself with when you were an edgy teenager, and change it for something that’s more mature. Well, if you really want to anyway.
The ability to change your PSN ID has been rumoured for a while, but Sony confirmed the feature today with a tweet, also adding that it will be testing with select users soon.
It’s official: PSN Online ID changes are happening. Here are the first details: https://t.co/evk0mHH8Z7
Testing with select users soon, full rollout in early 2019. pic.twitter.com/XGUfGw8tLt
— PlayStation Europe (@PlayStationEU) October 10, 2018
The PSN Online ID Change feature beta will be a part of the PlayStation Preview Program, and will become available for users that have previously signed up to be testers for PlayStation 4 system software betas.
Users will be able to change their PSN ID as many times as they want, but only the first change will be free. After that, it’ll cost £7.99/$9.99 each change for standard users, and £3.99/$4.99 each change for PlayStation Plus members. The change can be made from the Settings menu or the Profile page on your PS4. But there’s a catch, and it’s a pretty big one.
Strangely, only PS4 games published after 1st April 2018 are said to be compatible with the PSN Online ID Change feature. Any others may throw up issues. Sony hasn’t disclosed what issues you might face exactly, which leaves us with many questions. But seeing as you’ll be able to revert back your old PSN ID for free if you do encounter any problems, we imagine they’re pretty game breaking. And the thing is, you’ll only be able to revert back to your old gamertag once.
When the service fully rolls out early next year, Sony promises to have a list of games published before 1st April 2018 that are compatible with the PSN Online ID Change feature, but that leads us to believe that only a small number of PS4 games will be so. It would have certainly been more comforting if Sony had offered to provide a list of games that wouldn’t work with the feature.
So, while you will soon be able to change your PSN Online ID, we wouldn’t recommend you doing so unless absolutely necessary. Do you really want to risk experiencing online issues with your games just so that you don’t have to be “xXx_BushWhacker_xXx” anymore? Probably not.