Sony Will Let You Change Your PSN ID In Early 2019
Oct 11 2018
Sony officially announced that, after twelve years and countless user requests, it's finally allowing users to change their PlayStation Network names. However, only users who've registered for previous system software betas will be eligible. Sony states that this feature will be compatible with games published after April 1, 2018, and only some of the most-played PS4 games before this date. The blog states that, "During the preview program, you will be able to change your online ID as many times as you want".
One handy feature is that you can display your old ID once you change our name, just so your mates recognise you. However, unlike the previous setting, this option is only available while applying the change and not after. Subsequent changes will cost £7.99/$9.99, or £3.99/$4.99 if you have PlayStation Plus. Sony has since made the news official, explaining that PSN users can change their name as soon as 2019, however there will be drawbacks.
The first time PSN users change their Online ID it will be free but after that PSN users will charged. It does warn that not all games and applications for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita will support the change and you may encounter some issues using them with a new ID. If gamers run into an issue with their new ID, they can revert back to their old one once during the beta testing. Sony will provide a list of supported ID change games (again, this is freaky that it doesn't just work universally, and a glimpse into Sony's odd infrastructure). If you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you get a discount: $5 per name change.
If you make it into the preview program, you can change your ID to your heart's content until the beta wraps up at the end of November 2018. During the preview program you can revert back if the errors are so busted that you can't use programs correctly.