Guide: How to Change Your PSN Username

Judy Cobb
April 11, 2019

The feature is being rolled out on both PlayStation 4 consoles and web browsers tomorrow. The first name change for your PSN Online ID is free with subsequent changes costing $10 (around Rs. 700) for non-PS Plus subscribers and $5 (close to Rs. 350) for PS Plus subscribers. If you do not own a PS4, you can not change your ID through PS3 or Vita.

Will your new PSN Online ID work in games?

True, my user ID was not almost as horrifying as others that you would see online, but it still needed to be fixed. Some games might not be compatible with PSN name changes. However, each time thereafter will cost players $9.99, and there's no limit to how many times a name change can be applied. Unlike username changes on other services, changing a PSN ID doesn't free up the old username, and PlayStation users have the ability to change back to any previous ID for free as many times as they want.

Q: Can I revert back to my old ID?

Reported issues include: loss of game save data or game progress (such as scores/trophy progress), loss of in-game currency, and parts of the game functioning improperly. Games published on or after April 1, 2018 should support this new change, but Sony has not tested all of the games to be sure, according to the blog post.

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The company also released another (much longer) list of titles that are known to have less-critical issues. PS3 and PS Vita games are not supported. If you have a child, Sony stated child accounts can not change their online ID. From here, you can just change it as you see fit, or use one of the suggestions. For example, a game that first launched back in 2013 that has since been re-mastered or re-sold as a "complete edition" in 2018 does not apply. Sony says a small minority of games it has not tested may not support a user changing their online ID. How do I know that I won't run into these? 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.

Below are some of the issues you may encounter.

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