Sony is trying a new feature which will give PlayStation users an opportunity to change their user names. It means when Sony finally rolls it out for the use of every PlayStation user, you will be able to change your PlayStation Network Online ID.
A blog post by Sony’s social media director Sid Shuman, indicated that the company will soon start testing the PSN Online ID Change feature as part of the PlayStation Preview Program.
During this preview period, testers can change their PSN names as many times as they like. But only the first change is free. If you want to change it after the first free change, you will have to cough out $9.99 or £7.99 each time you change it. Is it worth it? Well, if you are a PS Plus member, each changes after the first free change will cost $4.99 or £3.99.
When you change your name, you can still display your old name alongside the new name so that your friends can quickly recognize you. But once you change your ID and choose enable this (or not), you will not be able to change it again.
This name change feature will only work for games published after April 2018 and the PlayStation 4 games. Unfortunately, not all PlayStation applications and games will support the name change feature.
But don’t panic, Sony will publish the list of compatible applications and games before the feature is officially made available to everyone.
How to take part in PlayStation name change feature testing?
The beta is only available to selected users that have pre-registered as testers for previous PlayStation 4 system software betas. This is going to end in November.
Unfortunately, you can’t enrol for PlayStation better testing anymore as registration is currently closed. But you don’t have to worry about it has the feature will be launched in early 2019.