Sony Finally Allows Gamers to Change PSN ID Names

Kelley Robertson
April 11, 2019

The feature is being rolled out on both PlayStation 4 consoles and web browsers tomorrow.

Some months back, Sony promised the release of one of the most requested features for PSN for many years: The ability to change your PSN ID.

The feature is only available through a PS4 system or web browser, therefore you won't be able to change the online ID on a PS3 or PS Vita. 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.

Sony announced back in October it would provide the option for you to change your ID name on PS4.

Change of Online ID is here! Subsequent changes will cost $9.99 USD / CAD, but if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber the fee is reduced by half to $4.99. Changing your name back to its original ID is also free and no one else can claim it.

As soon as PlayStation players load into Fortnite: Battle Royale, they will see their new ID above their name in the lobby.

When changing your online ID, you'll have the option to display your old ID next to your new ID in your Profile for 30 days.

Wild right? Side effects for non-supported titles include (cue soothing music) "a non-visible PSN ID, lost progress, bugged games, and "losing access to content". Sony even made a nice little list of the relevant games for people to check out.

All PS4 games originally published on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature, but we do not guarantee that all games will be fully compatible. You can find a full list of tested games and associated issues here. The feature will be as simple as visiting your "Account Management" page and entering a new online ID.

The list only offers information on the severity of those issues, not the specific problems players may experience with each game if they opt to change their name so it may be up to the developers themselves to offer up that information to their players. We expect major issues to occur only in a small number of games.

You may lose progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards trophies.

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