PlayStation players have been begging Sony to allow for PSN ID name changes for many years now, and now they’re finally happening. The company announced on the PlayStation Blog that the long-requested feature will debut in early 2019, with a preview program to test it being available at the end of November.
If you’re interested in getting in on the beta for this new feature, then you need to be a part of the PlayStation Preview Program and be pre-registered as a tester for previous PS4 software betas.
As for how the actual process will work, all users will be able to change their PSN ID for free the first time. However, after that it will cost $10 for each change and $5 for PlayStation Plus subscribers. You’ll still be able to display your previous ID with your new ID for friend recognition purposes.
The one caveat here is that not all PlayStation games are going to support this feature. All PlayStation 4 games published after April 1, 2018 will, as well as a majority of the most-played PlayStation 4 games released. However, there will be some PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games that don’t, resulting in users potentially running into issues. If you do run into issues then you’ll be able to revert back to your previous PSN ID for free at any time, though this can only be done once during the preview program.