PSN ID change feature entering beta, publicly available in 2019

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According to a Sony blog post by social media director Sid Shuman, the company will soon begin testing the PSN Online ID Change feature beta as part of the PlayStation Preview Program. If you run into any issues with the change, PlayStation will let you revert back to your old ID free of charge. Non-PlayStation Plus members will be charged $9.99 per additional name change, while PlayStation Plus members only have to pay $4.99. Australian pricing has not been confirmed yet. If you do decide to change your ID, you will have the option to display your old ID alongside your new one so that your friends can still recognize you.

All PlayStation 4 games published after April 1, 2018 are compatible with PlayStation Network online ID changes, as are a large majority of the most-played PlayStation 4 games released prior to this date. So I'm anxious that, in a few months, we'll start seeing a flood of posts on the PlayStation forums or subreddit in which users are upset about losing game progress, saves, or trophies because they changed their names.

That being said, when the feature officially launches, Sony will provide a full list of compatible games so you can plan ahead and weigh your options.

In the meantime, ID change will be available in beta form through the PlayStation Preview Program.

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Unfortunately, enrollment for PlayStation beta testers is now closed, so you can no longer apply.

The preview program for the long-awaited feature will go live at the end of November, 2018, followed by a full rollout scheduled for early 2019 if all goes to plan.

If you've been waiting for the opportunity to change your Playstation Network ID, you can rejoice. "Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or the Profile page of your PS4". It doesn't sound like you'll get your money back if you paid for the name change, though. You can, however, revert once to your original ID for free, and that should fix any glitches.

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