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PS4 News       Thread starter PSXHAX       Start date Oct 10, 2018 at 8:55 AM       7      
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Today Sony officially announced that their PSN Online ID Change feature is entering the PlayStation Preview Program soon for testers, followed by a full rollout for all PS4 users planned for early 2019. :cool:

This change comes following an earlier PSN Name Change discovery by developer @Tustin who noted on Twitter the following:

"Found something interesting that might be hinting at PSN name changes. User profiles now return a numeric id called accountId, possibly indicating that Sony has finally switched to a proper primary key for users. This accountId replaced something called a npId: "accountId":"5607374635837594712""

Here's what Sony Social Media Director Sid Shuman had to say on the upcoming PSN Online ID Change, to quote:

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 PS4 system software betas.

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.

This feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date. However, please note not all games and applications for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games.

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 for reference before you make a change.

The preview program for this feature is scheduled to conclude at the end of November 2018. The full rollout of the feature to all PS4 owners is planned for early 2019, so stay tuned for updates down the road!

PSN Online ID Change Incoming for Testers, PS4 Rollout in 2019.jpg


Will our original ID be locked so that no one else can claim it?

Also, does the compatibility generally only apply to online aspects of the games or is it a license/game save level?
I envision new abilities for trolls haha.

I haven't had a PSN for yeaaaarssss. I think I had a few going with super cool usernames. I should sell them...
I think accounts that haven't been online in 2 years the name should be thrown back into the pool of available names. And $9 is ridiculous it should be $5 for everyone.
Interesting indeed, thanks for passing the word along! :)

Also here's a link to the PS4 6.10 BETA 2 PUP and the BETA 3 PUP from @Sametto Chan, as always it only works for those in Sony's PlayStation Beta Tester Program and be sure to read the Warning below before attempting to install it:
For anyone who wants to update from 6.02 to 6.10 beta but didn't get invited. Thanks to the people who found the way to bypass:
:alert: DEFAULTDNB confirmed this (legacy) method no longer works without an invite into Sony's Beta Tester program - From PS4 ~ Update to 6.10 beta without needing invite
Typically, to install a BETA you have to be invited or have a friend with the BETA invitation that lets you use their account in order to install it.
If you can't do the above, and cannot wait for the Official release, you can use my method to install the BETA firmware.


I. Preparation:
Requirements: 2 USB Sticks (mainly for simplicity reasons), you can also do this with a single USB stick.
1) Download the CURRENT firmware and copy it into the folder PS4\UPDATE on USB1.
2) Download the BETA firmware and copy it into the folder PS4\UPDATE on USB2.

II. Installation:
1) Boot your PS4 into Safe Mode (Hold the power button on the PS4 for 7-8 seconds till you hear a second beep) 2) Select the <3. Update System Software> option 3) Select the <1. Update from USB Storage Device> option 4) Insert USB1, select <OK> then <next> and let it copy over the update

NOTE: When you reach the Update prompt (The PS4 will restart and start the update)...

5) Eject USB1, select <Update> and after rebooting (but before the PS4 gets to the update screen), power off your PS4
This is the tricky part, you basically have two methods (Method A is easier and more reliable):

Method A) Just remove the power cord when you hear that it's starting again (before you see the updater screen)

Method B) You can hold the power button (for quite some time) and select restart a few seconds before the PS4 would normally turn off

NOTE: Since the update process didnt start yet, there should be no harm done to your system, but the next time you normally boot it up, it will automatically go into the Update Mode, so to get around this...

6) Boot your PS4 into Safe Mode (again) 7) Select the <3. Update System Software> option 8) Select the <1. Update from USB Storage Device> option 9) Insert USB2, select <OK> then <next> and let it copy over the update

NOTE: Now you will get an error message (CE-35948-9), as the BETA PUP can't normally be installed using Safe Mode...

10) Eject USB2, select <OK> then select the <1. Restart PS4> option

NOTE: It will now boot into the Update Mode and install the BETA firmware!!!

SamettoChan for providing the BETA PUP URL
TehPoisonOne for the Installation Method
/u/SocraticBliss for cleaning up the Tutorial
[PS4] How to Install 6.10 Beta 2 (WITHOUT INVITE)

:alert: Warning: If you're on a jailbroken PS4 console don't update to the BETA as @DEFAULTDNB confirmed the following via Twitter, to quote:

"You can only downgrade to the current highest released OFW (in this case 6.20) regardless of what firmware you updated from. It's hard coded now."
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