If you've been waiting for the opportunity to change your Playstation Network ID, you can rejoice.
The function will go into testing with the PlayStation Preview Program - select users that have previously registered for system software betas will be offered this first - before rolling out across the network in early 2019.
You might want to get it right the first time, though, as the post explains that while your first change is free, "changes after that will cost $9.99 USD / CAD", or $4.99 USD/CAD for PlayStation Plus members. Also, after you do change your name, you could display your old one to help people recognize who you are.
The option will be accessible in the settings menu of your PS4 as well as on your main profile page. So 24 year-old TW33NY_BOppErZ can now rest easy that they can change their handle to something more palatable in the new year. If users run into any problems with older games after the change, they'll be able to revert to their original name for free as many times as they need. During the preview program you can revert back if the errors are so busted that you can't use programs correctly. If you're not in the Preview Program, the feature will not be available until Sony gives it an official full release. Changing your PSN name is compatible with games published after April 1, 2018, as well as some of PS4's "most-played" titles to date. Do you have plans to change your PSN name?
But don't worry, before the feature is officially rolled out PlayStation will publish a list of compatible games and applications.
The beta for PS name changes is "scheduled to conclude at the end of November 2018" and all PS4 owners will be able to change their names, if all goes well, in early 2019. It's priced on par with Xbox, but there are a lot of potential risks to consider.