Finally, Everyone Can Change Their PlayStation Name

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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.


Comments

    @alexwalker - quick poll "Are you going to change your PSN name?" ? Be interesting to see.

    (No, i'm quite happy with mine.)

      I certainly will be, my name is a horrible thing I created as I had no real nickname and baby brain.

      Yeah, I never understood what the big fuss was about. I understand if it's something like changing your name in real life and wanting your PSN ID to reflect that, but it's hardly the end of the world.

        Given the number of people who have really unpronouncable ones from the days before regular party chats, or ones that probably seemed hilarious when one was drunk/stoned/a teenager, I can see the need for it, and being stuck with something you did 8 years ago was a bit sucky.

        But will it be more than a few percent of people actually making a change? I doubt it!

    While this is good, I don't understand why it would cost *anything* to change your name. Sure the first one is free but after that it'll cost you money. 5-10 bucks just to change your username? That's ridiculous.

      They should do something similar to steam where you can change your IGN whenever you want. But your profile shows your previous name changes.

      It's essentially a disincentive price, not a service price. They don't want people changing their username every other minute, presumably because it can be used to harass people and get around block systems. They could do it the way Steam does, but they're probably wary about the negative side effects of that. People are probably less likely to change their username to something like the Christchurch terrorist if it costs money to do it.

      I'm not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with the policy, just speculating on their reasoning.

        They don't want people changing their username every other minute, presumably because it can be used to harass people and get around block systems.

        That's a problem with the underlying system then if that's the case. Block systems should work on a unique low level identifier rather than the user's username.

          On balance I think UIDs are the better approach, but there isn't really an ideal choice. UIDs can leak identity and allow someone to be tracked across name changes, which they might be doing to try to get away from multi-account or throwaway account harassment.

          This is actually a known problem with the way WoW handles block lists. The fact UIDs are used behind the scenes enables one of the means people can use to identify someone's alt characters and continue harassing them, even though the raw UID is never directly exposed.

    A much better solution would have been to change everyone's IRL names to match their existing Playstation IDs.

    I never understood the big deal about this. Don’t pick a stupid name you’ll regret in the first place.
    Sure I guess it’s nice to have the option but why does this matter? Your games still operate the same way.

      eh’ stupid is subjective, time also changes how you feel about your choices

      ‘BlazeIt420xDragon_sniper_69’ is timeless however

      I found that in growing up, I came to intensely dislike some of the previous user names I had adopted across games.

      For example, I played League of Legends with the name AK47dude14 until I decided that it wasn't either classy or funny. I was 12. If I did not have the option to change my name, I would have to live with the shame of AK47dude14 forever.

      What seems cool at 16 is probably not reflective of you at 25. If you first set it up as an adult, yeah, you're probably picking something sensible (even then, I didn't), but as a kid, you're only thinking of the moment. FortniteGod69 or 420ForLife might seem cool as a teen, but several years later, not so much.

      Mine is a ~30 year old nickname with my postcode. Its been a good character name for decades, so I have no reason to change it, but there have been times using it has felt inappropriate. The same nick is also the key part of my gmail name, so it doesn't feel right if I put it on some forms.

      Being locked into something that you cant change can also cause issues at other times. Imagine picking a nick, then having world events make that nick prominent and bad, and having to deal with it. Any number of nicks using vegan for example would get you trolled this week.

      When the only option is to start a new account, that's not a good option.

      "Don't pick a stupid name you'll regret in the first place" is nearly impossible for those who create their accounts in their teens. Hell, mine's not that bad, but it's a replacement for my original account (that I lost access to thanks to changing email addresses and forgetting the password) with a slightly different name, and I'd love to fix it so that it's consistent with most of my other handles.

    When you have a gem of a name like Simocrates there is no need to ever change.

      Are you sure? You could change it to something awesome like:

      1337Xx_Simocrates_xX420

    Meh, can't be bothered changing, that would require trying to think up another name. I'll stick with my boring crappy name. Does the job lol

    This doesn't actually work for me just yet - is this a staggered release?
    Anyone else having issues?

    I am not going to change my name. I've had it since 2010 and I am happy with it on both PS and Xbox.

    I like this. I just want to remove the 69 from the end of my user name. My 17 year old self thought it was hilarious. Not so much anymore

    Wow, that did take a long time. PlayStation users, welcome to 2008.

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