The much-requested ability for PlayStation 4 owners to change their PlayStation Network ID names has now been enabled.
More than five years after the PlayStation 4’s launch, Sony has revealed, via a post uploaded yesterday to the PlayStation Blog, that: “The online ID change feature on PSN is officially launching to all PlayStation 4 owners from tomorrow. You’ll also be able to change your online ID via a web browser.”
The blog post explains how to change your PSN ID, but there are a few caveats: “All PS4 games originally published on or after 1st April, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature, but there may be cases where a game is not fully compatible.” And while PS4 owners can change their PSN ID once for free, subsequent changes will incur a fee: “The first change is free, and changes after that will cost £7.99. For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost £3.99 for each change after the first one.”
Sony has also addressed the issue of staying connected with your PSN friends after changing your PSN 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. This will make it easier for your friends to notice your ID change. You can only select this option at the time you are changing your online ID.”
That’s good news for all those with embarrassing PSN names – but the PSN ID name-changing unfortunately doesn’t extend beyond the PlayStation 4 to the PlayStation 3 or PS Vita. For more PS4-related news, it’s always worth checking the PlayStation Blog.