Sony Is Finally Letting You Change Your PSN Name: Here’s How

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The day that countless PlayStation owners have waited for is finally arriving: Sony will soon let you change your PSN ID name. Yes, just because you thought 'FlyLikeAG666' was a cool name doesn't mean you're permanently stuck with it.

In a blog post shared today (Oct. 10), Sid Shuman, PlayStation's director of social media, revealed that the PSN Online ID Change feature beta will be "available to select users that have pre-registered as testers for previous PS4 system software betas." That means users with the foresight to register for the PS4 beta track will get the name change option before any others.

Even more importantly, beta users won't have just one shot. Shuman notes that the "you will be able to change your online ID as many times as you want," provided that you perform those changes "during the preview program" window (which is scheduled to conclude by the end of this November), before it reaches everyone else.

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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. The option to perform this change will be found in the Settings menu and via the Profile page of your PS4.

One giant asterisk, though. The post notes that not all games will support new names. Specifically, while the "feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date," there will be exceptions, as "not all games and applications for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games."

Anticipating those errors, Sony's going to give the option to "revert back to your original ID for free at any time (you will only be able to revert once during the preview program)." A list of compatible games will be provided, so gamers can make an informed choice.