Sony finally allows PSN Online ID changes

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Read on for everything you need to know about changing your PS4 name.

For people who do want to change their PSN ID, they can do so through either their PlayStation 4 or a web browser. "From tomorrow, you can change your ID on PlayStation Network".

Also - it is completely free for the first change, and $9.99 for any subsequent changes.

"For more details and information, we encourage you to refer to the list of tested games before making a change to your online ID".

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.

PSN users will be able to change their Online ID via their PS4 console or using a web browser.

Sony have revealed today that the PSN Online ID change feature will be launching on Thursday April 11. If you have a child, Sony stated child accounts can not change their online ID.

Much like Microsoft, Sony isn't charging you for your first ID change.

Lastly, Sony's announcement clarifies two important points that players must remember.

If you are going to continue to play those games, or indeed games on PS3 or PS Vita, then probably best not to change your name. While "the large majority of most actively played PS4 games support the feature", games published before April 1, 2018 may not be compatible with new online IDs.

No. The change can only be made through a PS4 system or web browser.

Q: Do all games support online ID change?

No, reverting back is free. Games published on or after April 1, 2018 should support this new change, but Sony has not tested all of the games to be sure, according to the blog post. It does not work with PS3 or Vita.

Q: I saw that there are a lot of potential issues and risks associated with changing my online ID.

There are also a number of games that are known to have "critical issues" with the online ID change feature, including LittleBigPlanet 3 and Just Dance 2017. Issues include losing save progress, saved game data, leaderboard data, and progress towards trophies.

Q: What should I do if I encounter an issue by changing my online ID?

There's a list of games with minor issues, such as some settings restoring to default or old PSN ID's still appearing visible.

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