There are things in my life I am really not proud of.
Breaking my Dad’s prized cricket trophy as a kid, stealing an apricot bar from the tuck shop in primary school, falling off a loading bay and smashing my ankle pretending I was in a Jackass movie, you name it. But worst of all, is my dreaded PSN ID that I created back in 2008.. Darkesthour69.
I don’t know what I was trying to achieve with a name like that back in the OG PS3 days but looking back now, I feel like I was trying to be a perverted edge lord before the term even came into popular culture. Kind of like the very first email you ever created.. I was ashamed.
Well thank the holy PlayStation Gods above because all of this is about to change, for the most part.
It seems Sony has finally come around on the idea of redemption for players stuck with embarrassing PSN ID’s they had more than likely created on a whim or as a joke who now wish they could erase that memory as best they can.
Sid Shuman, PlayStation‘s big director of social media, has said that select users in an upcoming PSN test (players who have participated in previous software update betas for example should be getting invites) could change their names as many times as they wished. The first PSN name change that you so choose will be totally free of charge, but will cost you after that, $9.99 for non-PlayStation Plus users and $4.99 for those signed up with the service. These prices have been announced in USD but we can assume ANZ pricing will be something similar.
That’s not all. It also looks like that the feature isn’t going to work with titles released before April of this year.
Sony has also acknowledged that the change could also cause some hiccups in the online ecosystem and has stated that players can revert back to original PSN ID’s if problems persist, this could be anything from game crashes all the way over to losing game saves, we don’t really know the extent of how it is all going to function behind the scenes.
Sony also released an official statement about just how it is all gonna go down for clarity.
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. Once you decide to display your old ID or not, you won’t be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process.
This 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. However, please note 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. 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). Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change. In addition, when this feature officially launches, a list of compatible games published before April 1, 2018, will be provided on PlayStation.com for reference before you make a change.
The full release of the PSN ID change feature is due to roll out early next year, and the preview test will last until the end of November.