Change that embarrassing PlayStation account name starting next year

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Sony is finally preparing to allow users to change their PlayStation Network Online ID, with the company announcing today that the long-awaited feature will be rolled out to everyone early next year.

During the preview program, users will be able to change their online ID multiple times. You can't change that after completing the name change, Sony said. "For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $4.99". Australian pricing has not been confirmed yet.

When you change your online ID, you will have the option to display your previous ID with your new ID, so your friends can recognize you.

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

Sony will publish a list of compatible games soon, but hopefully they'll also include details on games that are problematic.

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How do you take part?

Sony went on to say: "If for any reason you experience issues after changing your ID, you can revert back to your original ID for free at any time (you will only be able to revert once during the preview program)".

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

November 2018 is the planned date for the preview program with a full roll out in "early 2019". This should solve "most" issues. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is the PlayStation Network ID you chose when you got a brand new PS3 that year-or any time in the past 12 years for that matter. 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. Are you excited to be able to change that (admit it) slightly embarrassing gamer tag?

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