Unlike its rival system, the Xbox 360 and now the Xbox One X, PSN users were unable to ever change their username after creating it.
Here's another kicker and the key to why PSN ID changes have been such a struggle for PlayStation to implement. The first time you change your name, it will be free. 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.
Sony will be testing a feature to let you do just that as part of the PlayStation Preview Program, the company said in a blogpost Wednesday. Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or the Profile page of your PS4.
You will have the option to display your old ID alongside your new ID, which is interesting as it suggests that PlayStation really are putting some kind of universal identifier behind the scenes to keep your various names linked.
While all PS4 games released since April of this year will play nicely with the changed IDs, Sony says that "a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date" will be compatible. This should solve "most" issues.
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They also added that they will be adding a list up on the website for convenience that allows players to see which compatible games will make this change more fluid without disruption!
The preview program for this feature is planned to conclude at the end of November 2018.
Another caveat is that the new feature won't be compatible with all games. During the preview program you can revert back if the errors are so busted that you can't use programs correctly.
So, what do we think?