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Sony Will Let You Change Your PSN ID In Early 2019

Goodbye Xx_MammysBoy_xX, Hello FrankRules

After months of build up, and a rather large leak last week, Sony have confirmed that PlayStation Network ID changes are on the way, letting you hand in your embarrassing online name badge in favour of something a bit more sensible.

The function will go into testing with the PlayStation Preview Program – select users that have previously registered for system software betas will be offered this first – before rolling out across the network in early 2019.

While you can change your name as many times as you like, only the first change will be free, with subsequent changes costing $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 for PS+ subscribers and $9.99€9.99/£7.99 for those without. You then have the option to also display your old ID or hide it away in shame.

However, it doesn’t come without a few caveats. Some games released before 1st April 2018 may not play nicely with new names, and in particular this might affect PS3 and PS Vita titles. If you wish to revert, you can do so for free, though you can only do this once during the preview program.

Sony will publish a list of compatible games soon, but hopefully they’ll also include details on games that are problematic. If not, I guess it’s a case of watching and waiting for others to make the jump and find out what breaks because of this.

Source: EU PS Blog

  1. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Aw heck – i wanted to change my PSN name from”somethingreallystoopid/offensive” to “somethingreallycoolandunique” but now i see there’s already a “somethingreallycoolandunique” as well as “somethingreallycoolandunique001”, “somethingreallycoolandunique1984” and “somethingreallycoolanduniqueaaaaaa”.


    Comment posted on 10/10/2018 at 15:45.
  2. camdaz
    Since: May 2009

    I might have changed it a few years ago, as it was something I made up quickly when setting up the network adapter for PS2, but I’ve come accustomed to it now and don’t want to change.

    Comment posted on 10/10/2018 at 17:24.
  3. wonkey-willy
    Since: Jan 2010

    Ive grown rather attached to my “willy” albeit “wonkey”2
    cant see me changing it unless
    is available..

    Comment posted on 10/10/2018 at 18:33.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      I think that might be a bit long.

      Comment posted on 10/10/2018 at 19:09.
      • dave87fez
        Since: May 2011

        Also, its a bit of a mouthful…

        Comment posted on 10/10/2018 at 19:47.
  4. Crazy_Del
    Since: Jul 2009

    I think I’m going to change it to…. Really_Crazy_Del
    Or Super_Crazy_Del
    Heck I’ll take Platinum King or PL4T1NUM_K1NG but then folks will think I only have 411 Platinums =/

    Comment posted on 10/10/2018 at 19:13.
  5. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I’m changing mine to TonyCawley

    Comment posted on 11/10/2018 at 10:30.
    • Crazy_Del
      Since: Jul 2009


      Comment posted on 11/10/2018 at 11:14.