PSN name changes are finally coming – with a catch

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It feels like we’ve been talking about PSN name changes for decades longer than PSN has actually been around. It’s been the number one feature requested by PSN users for years, especially by those with embarrassing names from their younger PS3 days such as XxKilLiNYaAgAiNxX. But, finally, Sony have now made it official that you’ll be able to change your PSN name soon.

There are a few caveats to this. The first one is that it won’t be available to every PSN user straight away. Instead, the feature will only be available as a test to select users at first. The full rollout to everyone won’t happen until 2019.

The second catch is that it will only be free the first time. You’ll have to pay £7.99 if you want to do it again, or £3.99 for PS Plus members.

If you’re worried about your PSN friends wondering who that new tag on their friends list is, you can choose to display your old ID too so they’re fully aware of the change.

Finally, some older games won’t support the change, but anything released after April 1, 2018 is good to go.

Full details can be found over on the PlayStation Blog.

Thomas has been gaming on all sorts of platforms since the early 90's and getting more 'game overs' than he can remember. These days you can mostly find him enjoying his hobby through the PS4, but he's partial to PC and mobile games too.