Sony’s Looking to Allow PSN ID Changes

Sony has been announcing beta’s left and right in an attempt to offer more consumer-friendly features. Whether it’s the ability to cross play with different consoles or in this case, allow users to change their PSN ID’s, things are changing for the better.

Fans have been clamoring for this particular feature, concerning a player’s ID, for some time now. Some might have wanted to change their ID to something that represents who they are now. It could be that their original ID was embarrassing, or something used just to quickly get online; they might have created a name to immediately play with friends, thinking they could change it later. Whatever the case, Sony is looking to help them out. They announced on their blog that this new feature will be available for select users via the PlayStation Preview Program. Similar to how Microsoft does it, they’ll allow one name change for free. Subsequent changes will cost gamers $9.99 ($4.99 for PS+ members). Unlike Microsoft, Sony is allowing gamers to display their old ID’s alongside their new ones. That way their friends won’t accidently delete them, thinking they were a random addition to their friend’s list.

While all of this is nice and all, there is a catch. For one, not all games are guaranteed to support the ID changes. The same goes from applications on the PS3 and PS Vita. Sony will allow people to revert back to their original ID’s if they experience any issues for free (only once via the preview program), so this news shouldn’t prevent anyone from trying.

Hopefully, all the kinks will be worked out before the feature goes live for everyone early next year. While I’m not looking to change my ID (it’s pretty boss if I do say so myself), it’s good to see that Sony is finally listening to fans.

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