PlayStation Network online ID change feature coming in early 2019

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Details about how the PSN name change will work were also revealed.

Users that have already pre-registered as testers in previous PS4 software betas will have access to this new feature "soon".

On October 10, PlayStation announced that changes to your PSN Online ID "is coming", starting with a select group of test users. You will not be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change.

The first change will be free. The preview is set to end around November 2018, while full implementation is set for 2019. Sony will allow you to display both IDs at the same time so your friends will know you made a change and don't get confused. Every following change will cost $9.99 for regular PlayStation Network members, while PlayStation Plus members will get a discount and pay only $4.99.

To make the change from xxxSniperJoe420xxx to "MyWifeIsMyLife2012" you'll merely need to head to the settings menu or profile section of the PS4. PlayStation is making it clear not all PS4, PS3, and PS Vita games are guaranteed to support the feature, so users might see issues or errors in certain games. It will be compatible with PS4 games released after April 1, 2018, and "the majority of the most-played PS4 games" released before this date. At that time, a full list of compatible games (those published before April 1, 2018) will be released. They'll give you the option to revert back to your old ID (once), but even then PlayStation can only commit to "most" issues caused by the ID change being resolved.

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