fans have today received big news from Sony, with the first details of the PSN name change feature revealed.

The official PlayStation Twitter channels have today confirmed that PS4 fans will be able to change their PlayStation Network IDs from 2019.

The PSN name change feature will go live “early next”.

In a blog post Sony said: “We’re happy to announce that we will soon begin testing the long-awaited feature that will allow users to change their PlayStation Network Online ID from their PlayStation 4 system.

“The PSN Online ID Change feature beta will be a part of the PlayStation Preview Program, and will become available to select users that have pre-registered as testers for previous PlayStation 4 system software betas.|

The first time PSN users change their Online ID it will be free but after that PSN users will charged.

The blog post added: “During the preview, 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/£7.99.

“For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost €4.99/£3.99 after the first change. Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or the Profile page of your PS4.”

The Sony blog post said the PSN name change feature will be compatible with games published after April 1 2018.

It will also be compatible with a “large majority” of “the most played PS4 games that were released before this date”.

For those games that aren’t compatible users will be greeted with an error message.

Sony went on to say: “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 preview program for this feature is planned to conclude at the end of November 2018. The full roll-out of the feature to all PS4 owners is planned for early 2019, so stay tuned for updates down the road!”

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