Finally, Everyone Can Change Their PlayStation Name

At long last.

Sony announced that PSN ID changes were finally coming to the PS4, after being lobbied for literally years. You’ll be able to change your ID from Thursday Australian time, although Sony Australia hasn’t specified precisely when.

Here’s how it works: all PSN users will get the first ID change for free, but every subsequent change will cost you €4.99 (with PS+) or €9.99 (without PS+). Australian pricing isn’t expected to be revealed until Thursday morning.

As to how to change your name, here’s how to do it on the console and via a browser:

PlayStation 4:

  1. From your PS4 go to [Settings].
  2. Select [Account Management] > [Account Information] > [Profile] > [Online ID].
  3. Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.

Web browser:

  1. Sign in to your account on the PlayStation Network and select PSN Profile in the menu.
  2. Select the Edit button that’s next to your Online ID.
  3. Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.

Beware that not all games will play nicely with the change, however. Sony notes that games published after April 1, 2018, were done so using “tools that support online ID change at a system level”, meaning that the functionality to support ID changes has taken almost five years to implement for the current console generation.

Games that have critical issues with ID changes – meaning you could lose user-generated content, progress, trophies and saved in-game currency – include Everybody’s Golf, Disc Jam, ONRUSH, and LittleBigPlanet 3.

There’s a broader list of games with “issues identified”, which means your older ID might still be visible to some players, or that your new ID doesn’t appear in some areas like leaderboards and rankings. “User accounts on PlayStation may be unlinked from game accounts. Linking accounts again may restore the original linkage,” Sony advises.

A full compatibility list can be found here, as well as a FAQ that explains more specifics around the process.

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