PlayStation 4 owners, you can finally change your online ID

11 April, 2019, 13:46 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Sony finally allows PSN Online ID changes

And better yet, it's free (but just this one time).

There are some risks associated with changing your PlayStation ID, as not all games support the feature. The sales success of PS4 is a testament to that.

Wild right? Side effects for non-supported titles include (cue soothing music) "a non-visible PSN ID, lost progress, bugged games, and "losing access to content".

PlayStation is rolling out the ability for players to change their PlayStation Network ID later today, launching a feature that has been long-requested and was tested through a limited beta last October.

Keeping a promise it made previous year, Sony is finally providing PlayStation 4 players the option to change their username - meaning you can finally ditch the scourge that is "L33TMoocher420", or whatever else you thought was amusing in high school.

The first change is free, and changes after that will cost £7.99/€9.99. In other words, no one else will be able to use that particular online ID even if you change your handle.

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You may still want to hold off, though. While Sony reported in the announcement that a "majority" of the most-played PlayStation 4 games tested will support the feature, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games, for example, will not allow for a name change. Hopefully they can be fixed soon.

You can revert back to your old user ID as long as the name doesn't violate the Terms of Service.

If you are considering changing your PSN Online ID, there are a few issues you may want to consider.

There's no doubt that fans are excited for the ability to swap their embarrassing 12-year-old Online ID for something fresh that embodies who they are now, but Sony's late arrival to the party presents a handful of problems. If you have a PlayStation Plus subscriber, it's gonna be $4.99. For more details and information, we encourage you to refer to the list of tested games before making a change to your online ID.

Since not every game is supported, that could spell the end of your time spent playing your favorite title.

You may lose progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards trophies. Reverting back should resolve most issues.

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