PSN ID Change - How to Change Your PSN Name

PSN ID Change - How to Change Your PSN Name

Here's how to change your PSN ID name, through either your PS4 or online.

After much deliberation and speculation, Sony has now introduced the ability for users to change their PSN IDs on their PS4 consoles. In our PSN name change guide, we'll be walking you through how to change your PSN name as easily as possible, outlining why exactly you'd want to, and much more.

Why Would You Want to Change Your PSN ID?

Simply put, if you've ever felt that your PSN ID might be a bit out of date and embarrassing, since you might have created it before you were even a teenager, then this news is welcome. Xbox users have long been able to change their online ID names (at a cost, mind you), so the ability to change your PSN ID is a feature that's long been requested by the PlayStation user base.

How Much Does it Cost to Change PSN ID on PS4?

With this new ability to change your PSN ID, you can change it as many times as you want. However, while the first time that you change your online ID is free, every other time after that will cost you $9.99, unless you're a PS Plus member, in which case it'll cost you $4.99.

Note that you can actually revert back to your previous PSN ID, whenever you want. It won't cost you a thing to do this, unlike when you want to change your PSN ID to an entirely new name.

Sony states that there are some known issues and bugs with the PSN ID name change. For example, your previous PSN ID might still be visible to you in some instances, as well as other players. You could lose progress, both in-game and towards Trophy unlocks, and you could even lose access to paid content linked to your PSN ID.

How to Change Your PSN ID on Your PS4

In the guide below, we'll outline all the steps you'll need to take in order to change your PSN ID, straight from your PS4.

  • From the PS4 home screen, go to Settings.
  • Select Account Management, and then Account Information.
  • In this menu, select Profile, and then select the Online ID option.
  • Enter a PSN ID of your choosing, or select one of the suggested names.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts in order to successfully complete the change.

How to Change Your PSN ID Online

Alternatively, you can change your PSN ID from the comfort of your PC. Here's how:

  • Sign in to your PlayStation Network account.
  • Select PSN Profile in the main menu.
  • Next to the Online ID button, press the Edit button.
  • Enter a PSN ID of your choosing, or select one of the suggested names.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts in order to successfully complete the change.

PS4 Games That Don't Support Name Change

It's important to note that not all PS4 games will be compatible with your PSN account when you change your PSN ID. Below, we've compiled a list of some of the more notable and current games that have known issues with the name change feature. For the full list, head over to the official PlayStation website.

  • Absolver
  • Bloodborne
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Injustice 2
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • NBA 2K19
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Titanfall 2
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Warframe

The issues with these games vary wildly. For example, you could lose in-game currency whether paid for or earned, lose your progress including scores and progress towards Trophy unlocks, or loss of user-generated content.

Keep in mind that Sony is actively working to remedy all the issues with the games listed above. It's well worth keeping your eyes on the list from the official PlayStation website, to check whenever any games with issues are remedied.

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