Today, finally you can now change your PSN (PS4) username. So for all of us gamers that have been rocking a username that we have had from our youth we can now mature it up a touch.
However, be warned, it all isn’t good news. The first change is free, but subsequent changes will cost you.
A PSN+ Member will be charged £3.99 for each change after the first.
A Non-PSN+ Member will be charged £7.99 for each change after the first.
Not only that, the changes will only work on PS4 :
PS3, PS Vita and PS/TV games and apps do not support the online ID change feature
Then the really bad news. Some games will simply not play nicely with username changes – a few of particular note are Grand Theft Auto V, Little Big Planet 3 and Just Dance 2017.
“All PS4 games originally published on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature. However, since they have not all been specifically tested with the feature, we cannot guarantee that they will support it. For more details and information, we encourage you to refer to the list of tested games before making a change to your online ID. Do keep in mind that the large majority of most actively played PS4 games support the feature.”
Before you change anything you really should have a look at this post from Sony which details all known issues, ranging from minor to ‘critical.’ Eek!
Some of the issues that can arise include losing “progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies”, your previous Online ID remaining visible to you and other players, parts of games not functioning properly “both online and offline”.
Sony says that you also “may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you may have acquired for your games including content like add-ons and virtual currency”.
However, the company claims that that reverting back to your old ID should resolve most issues that arise.