PlayStation 4 users can finally change their online ID

Sony finally allows PSN Online ID changes

PlayStation Network online ID change feature launches today

For years, PlayStation users have been stuck with whatever name they chose back when they first opened their account, and for obvious reasons, this wasn't always ideal. Thankfully, reverting back to an old ID is free, and you still claim it even if you give it up.

It's worth noting that there is a caveat involved in the name change process.

So, how do you do it?

In general, there are no restrictions to the number of times you can change your online ID.

For example: a game released in 2015 has been re-mastered or re-sold as a complete edition in 2018 will not support the ID change feature. As Sony subtly reminds us the backend is kind of a mess, so the only games guaranteed to support the ID change are ones published "after April 1, 2018".

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To change your online ID on the PlayStation 4, open the PS4's Settings menu and select "Account Management", then "Account Information", then "Profile", then finally "Online ID".

Somewhat surprisingly, PlayStation say there is no limit on how many times you can change your PSN Online ID - so you can just keep picking something else (as long as it's available), if you don't like what you have. However, subsequent changes will cost players $9.99, so everyone interested in making a change is encouraged to be 100% sure of their PSN ID.

Sony have revealed today that the PSN Online ID change feature will be launching on Thursday April 11.

Parts of your game and applications may not function properly both online and offline.

You can revert your new ID to your old one for free, if you don't like your new one. That said, Sony does not guarantee all games fully support the feature. First, the feature will only work on PS4 games, so the name change will not be available on the PS3 and PS Vita. Sony has provided a list of tested games that have zero issues with name changes, a list of games with identified, non-critical issues, and games with critical issues. A large majority of the most-played PS4 games that we tested support the feature, and we expect major issues to occur only in a small number of games. Reverting back should resolve most issues.

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