Sony has announced that its PSN ID change feature will officially be going live for all PlayStation 4 owners later today. Once the feature goes live, PlayStation 4 owners need to follow the steps below to change their name using the console:
- Step 1: From your PS4 go to [Settings].
- Step 2: Select [Account Management] > [Account Information] > [Profile] > [Online ID].
- Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
- Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.
As previously announced, the first name change will be free for all players, but each subsequent change will cost $9.99 ($4.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers). After changing their name, players will be given the option to display their old ID next to their new ID for 30 days. There’s also the option to revert back to the old name for free by contacting PlayStation Support.
“We do want to take this opportunity to clarify one point – as a result of the preview program, we’ve found an instance where a game did not fully support the feature, even though it was originally published after April 1, 2018, contrary to what we mentioned in our original announcement,” social media director Sid Shuman warned on the PlayStation Blog. “All PS4 games originally published on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature. However, since they have not all been specifically tested with the feature, we cannot guarantee that they will support it.”
Sony also warns that players may encounter a number of issues after changing ID, including the old ID still being displayed, losing progress in games, games not functioning correctly, and losing access to paid content. A full list of tested games can be found here.
More information about the name change feature can be found over on the PlayStation Blog.