PlayStation Network will finally let you change your old screen name

While all PlayStation 4 games published after April 1, 2018 will be compatible with this new feature, anything published before that date is not guaranteed.

Sony officially announced that, after twelve years and countless user requests, it's finally allowing users to change their PlayStation Network names.

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. Be warned, however, once the choice has been made to display the old ID or not, "you won't be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process".

You might want to get it right the first time, though, as the post explains that while your first change is free, "changes after that will cost $9.99 USD / CAD", or $4.99 USD/CAD for PlayStation Plus members. Numerous most popular PS4 games that were released prior to that date will work as well, but beware, several games will not have the PSN ID change function. If there is any issue after changing your ID, it can be reverted free of charge.

Rumours began swirling last week when anonymous sources claimed that developers were working on the ability to swap in-game names on Sony's PlayStation Network - a feature distinctly missing for over a decade. The preview is set to end around November 2018, while full implementation is set for 2019.

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If you were to run into multiple issues and wish to undo the change, you will be able to revert the change and go back to your original name. We'll get a list of officially compatible games at some point in the future.

To make the change from xxxSniperJoe420xxx to "MyWifeIsMyLife2012" you'll merely need to head to the settings menu or profile section of the PS4.

The name change feature will work for games which were published after April 2018 and the most popular PlayStation 4 games.

So, what do we think?

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