Last week, reports surfaced that the highly-requested PSN name change feature was still in the works. Now, after years of waiting, players on the PlayStation 4 can now change their PSN ID, as confirmed by Sid Shuman, Sony's Social Media Director for PlayStation.
In line with Sony's announcement of how the feature will work six months ago, the first PSN ID name change is free. However, subsequent changes will cost players $9.99, so everyone interested in making a change is encouraged to be 100% sure of their PSN ID. Of course, players who are subscribed to PlayStation Plus will enjoy a 50% discount on subsequent PSN ID changes, and Sony revealed that there will be no limit as to how many times a player can change their usernames.
For players who are worried that their online friends might not be able to recognize them after the PSN ID change, Sony will allow players to display their old usernames together with the new one. However, it is important to remember that once the player decides to display their old ID or not, they won't be able to make any further adjustments once the PSN ID name change process is complete. Players can also revert back to their old ID for free but must contact PlayStation support to do so.
Players can change their PSN ID via the PS4 or Sony's PlayStation website. On the PS4, players can head to Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Profile > Online ID and follow the system's instruction to make the change. On the other hand, those who wish to make the change online can log-in to their PSN Account and click the edit button next to the PSN ID.
Lastly, Sony's announcement clarifies two important points that players must remember. First, the feature will only work on PS4 games, so the name change will not be available on the PS3 and PS Vita. Second, in its original announcement, the company revealed that all PS4 games published on or after April 1, 2018 will support the feature.
However, Sony says that, while every PS4 game released after the aforementioned date was developed with the feature in mind, it cannot guarantee that it will work flawlessly on all games. Given this, Sony encourages players to check out this list of tested games with zero issues before making any changes, but it also reassured fans that the "majority of most actively played PS4 games," such as Destiny 2, will support the feature.
Source: PlayStation Blog