PS4: PSN Name Changes Finally Available
Update: PSN ID changes are now live in North America, Europe, and Australia for all PS4 users. We’ve got a walkthrough on how to change your PSN name, but Sony has warned that some games have issues after changing your ID. While the number is somewhat limited, you should check it out before committing to a change, as the problems can be severe. Luckily, some major games–including Fortnite and Destiny 2–have been tested and should be problem-free. Original story follows.
Sony has confirmed the much-requested PSN name change feature will arrive very soon for PS4 users. Players in North America can change their IDs from today, April 10, while those in Europe can do so from tomorrow, April 11.
“We’re excited to announce that the online ID change feature on PSN is officially launching to all PlayStation 4 owners later today,” Sony’s social media director, Sid Shuman, stated on the PlayStation Blog. “You’ll also be able to change your online ID via a web browser, and that feature will also be available starting today.”
Shuman goes on to state that ID changes can only be done through a web browser or your PS4–so PS3 and PS Vita users are out of luck. As was previously confirmed, the first change is free, but any subsequent changes to your PSN ID will cost $10 / £8, or $5 / £4 for PS Plus subscribers.
There are no limits on how many times you can change your ID, and you can always revert back to any previous version of your ID for free by contacting PlayStation support. Nobody else can take your old IDs, even after you change, and if you choose to you can display your old ID next to your new one on your profile for up to 30 days, in order to help your friends notice the change. Child accounts cannot change their online ID, Sony says.
Sony warns not all PS4 games will support ID changes: any title published on or after April 1, 2018 should display your new ID in-game, but the platform holder has discovered one instance “where a [recent] game did not fully support the feature.” A full list of games that support PSN ID changes can be found on the PlayStation website, showing that many hundreds of titles fully support name changes, while a handful of games have “critical issues” and a few more have “known issues which we did not consider critical to the gameplay experience.”
It’s been a long time coming for PSN name changes. In December 2017, PlayStation boss Shawn Layden said he hoped the name change feature would be available by sometime in 2018, but that didn’t happen. Layden apologised to fans in a Twitter post today.
The ability to change names has been available on Xbox Live for years now. Just like Sony, Microsoft offers the first name change for free but charges for subsequent changes.
PS4 users might also be interested in April 2019’s PS Plus games, The Surge and Conan Exiles. Both titles are available at no extra cost for PS Plus subscribers right now, but they’ll go back to their original price at the end of the month.
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