At long last, what PlayStation users have been asking for has finally made its way to the discussion table.
Sony recently made an announcement saying that users will be able to change their usernames sometime early 2019, that could be anywhere from January to March.
Before the year is out, likely around November, PlayStation will release an update of this beta to test how the name changes will fare with the system, and other games or apps.
Do not get too excited however, as there seems to be many issues that may arise when this beta, or even the final update is available to users. Some of the issues seem more unsettling to experience as they talk about losing progression.
“During the preview program, you will be able to change your online ID as many times as you want. The first change is free, and changes after that will cost $9.99 USD / CAD. For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $4.99 USD/ CAD after the first change. Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or via the Profile page of your PS4.”
“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.”
Many users are not enjoying the fact that it costs actual money to change your username after the first time. However, it makes sense for them to do such a thing. There’s a difficult process involved when it comes to changing your PSN name. For one, older games and applications have to play catch up with the update, that’s if they even consider it.
Games and applications prior to April 2018, will not support any name changes. Your old ID will be shown and likely won’t be updated based on priority.
Once you change your username, you will not be able to revert back to your old name, especially so if your new name violates the terms and conditions. But, you will be able to revert your name back if you are having issues changing to your new name at no cost during the preview stage.
Any issues when it comes to changing your name can affect functionality, game progression in saved files and trophies, and it may not register to coincide with your new online ID.
Overall, the entire process seems like an awful one that could result in many bugs, lots of people may experience these issues and possibly lose their progress. My recommendation is to wait until the beta is complete, and to even wait a month or two afterwards until all the issues have been addressed and fixed. This will ensure that you do not face any problems firsthand.
I would also recommend the name change for those who made their online ID in middle school and now have to live with that as an adult. I made mine around 6th grade and luckily I was smart enough to make it simple and now I would never think of changing my username.
Honestly, we can’t complain, Sony is finally giving users the option to change their usernames rather than not doing anything at all. Will you be changing your online ID or keeping the same one? Or will you just skip the hassle and make an entirely new profile?