The latest firmware patch for your PlayStation 4 is a hefty 463 MB, but unfortunately, it does not come with the fabled PSN name change.
The full patch notes for update 6.51 was released by Sony, with a simple message – Improves system performance.
Comparatively, the 6.50 update was a much more substantial one, adding several new features to the PS4.
Sony promised PSN name changes would be possible in early 2019, and participants of the PlayStation’s Preview Program could already use the feature. However, said update has not left the beta phase.
If and when the patch goes live, the first name change for everyone will be for free. However, subsequent name changes will cost you $5 USD / €5 / £4 for PlayStation Plus members, and twice that amount for others.
It is well known in the industry just how complicated name changes are for the PSN to handle, and there are bound to be plenty of issues to iron out before release.
The feature will also not be compatible with every game released prior to April 1, 2018. Not all PS4, PS3, and PS Vita games are guaranteed to support the feature as well, with issues or errors in relation to PSN online IDs sure to show up for certain games.
Additionally, a Preview Program tester reported a bug that changing the PSN online ID might cause a loss in DLC purchases and game save data.
Of course, if changing your ID causes issues, PlayStation has stated it will provide an option for players to revert back to their old one for free, and hopefully solve the problems.