PSN name change

If you or xXEdGeL0rD_420sw4gXx would like to change your PlayStation Network name, you are now free to do so starting today. Sony has rolled out the name change feature for PSN to everyone, but there are a few stipulations to all of this.

First off, there will be some games that may not support the fact that you decided to change your PSN name. Sony makes it clear that any and all games that were published after April 1, 2018. They also note that they have not actually tested every single game, so even that might not be 100% true. They at least provided lists of tested games that you should check out before you make your change.

These lists include:

  • Games with No Known Issues - Games which have been tested for the online ID change feature and no known issues were found. These games are also separately listed in ‘Games with No Known Issues’.
  • Games with Issues Identified* - Games which have been tested and were found to have one or more of the following known issues which we did not consider critical to the game play experience but which you should review to consider how important they are to you:
    • Previous online ID(s) may remain visible to you and other players, or the online ID is no longer visible in some areas in a game title (in-game rankings, leaderboards, etc). For some game titles, the online ID will automatically update if you sign out and then sign back in to the game or when various gameplay activity is performed after sign-in;
    • User accounts on PlayStation may be unlinked from game accounts. Linking accounts again may restore the original linkage; and
    • Certain game settings may be initialized to their default state (audio setting, controller setting, etc). For some game titles, settings may be recovered if you sign out and then sign back in to the game.
    • These games are identified on the Games List by (Issues Identified*). These games are also separately listed in ‘Games with Issue Identified*’.
  • Games with Critical Issues** - Games which have been tested and one or more of the following known issues which we considered fundamental to the game play experience:
    • User may lose in-game currency whether paid for or earned;
    • Loss of game progress, including scores and progress toward trophy unlocking; and
    • Loss of UGC or parts of the game may not function properly, both online and offline.
    • If you have a game in this category, we do not recommend changing your online ID if you wish to continue playing that game without losing its entitlements and achievements which you have already bought or released. It is possible to incur permanent game errors or data loss as a result of using the feature.
    • These games are identified on the Games List by (Critical Issues**). These games are also separately listed in ‘Games with Critical Issues**’.

PS3 and PS Vita games and apps do not support the change of online ID feature.

If you have games that are not in the list, the following issues may occur:
  • You may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you've acquired for those games, including content like add-ons and virtual currency.
  • You may lose your progress within those games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress toward trophies.
  • Parts of those games might not function properly, both online and offline.
  • Your previous online ID(s) may remain visible to you and other players in some places.
  • You may have permanent game issues as a result of the online ID change that cannot be fixed with a revert back to your old online ID.
The first name change is free for everyone. After that, you will need to pay $9.99 (USD) for each subsequent name change, or $4.99 if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber. You can revert to any of your old IDs at any point, so long as you contact support to do so. Reverting to a previous name is free and remains locked to you. That means nobody else can swoop in and snag your old ID.

So you read through the lists and are prepared to change your name, how do you do it? Well, the process is actually quite simple and can be done either through your PlayStation 4 or through your preferred web browser of choice.

PlayStation 4:
  • 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.

Web browser:
  • Step 1: Sign in to your PlayStation Network account and select PSN Profile in the menu.
  • Step 2: Select the Edit button that’s next to your 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.
Sony also offers up a nice FAQ with additional information about the ability to change your name. You can read all about it on at the PlayStation Blog.