Changing your Playstation Network ID or PSN ID is one of the most requested features by users on the PlayStation platform. Sony has finally enabled the ability to change your PSN username.
Why is this a big deal? Because it gives you the ability to change that dreaded name you made all those years back.
In this post, we’ll go through the steps to change your username. We suggest reading through this post first before attempting the name change. There are some important details you should know.
To change your PSN ID from your PlayStation 4:
To change your PSN ID from your Browser:
After changing your name through the initial step-by-step process, you’ll have the option to display your old ID next to your new one for approx. 30 days to make it easier for people on your friends list to know you changed your ID.
Unfortunately, the name change does not work on any other PlayStation products like the PS3 or the PS Vita. The PS4 or web browser is the only option.
The first name change is free. Changes after that will cost $9.99 and for PlayStation Plus members, it’ll cost $4.99 for each change after the first one.
In case you’re wondering, there are no restrictions on the number of times you can change your online ID. And if for some reason you want to revert to any of your previous IDs, you can revert back to your old name (for free) as long as it doesn’t violate Sony’s Terms of Service.
To revert to an old name, you’ll have to contact PlayStation support.
One thing to note is that child accounts cannot change their names. If the little ones want to change their name, they’ll have to create a new ID.
Any name you come up with including previous names are linked to your account. This means that if you change your name and someone else wants to take it, they won’t be able to.
With technology, features always come with some sort of issues right? The PSN name change is no exception.
Some issues that can occur:
If anything like this occurs or anything not mentioned on the PlayStation website, your best bet will be to revert to your previous Online ID that didn’t experience these issues. This should help resolve them.
The PlayStation support page lists many games that support this feature. Sony also states that games developed after April 1, 2018, supports the name change.
This seems that any game made before this date may run into some issues post name change. The severity of the issue may depend on game to game.
Check out PlayStation's list of games for known issues. This may help determine if the process will be worth it.