Changing your username on Steam, Blizzard and Nintendo have been a seamless process at no cost. Xbox has had the feature since the Xbox 360, but only because the system generates a random username for you when you first create your account. You get your first name change for free, but subsequent changes come with a price. For as long as gamers can remember, loyal Sony players have been waiting for what seemed an eternity for the feature to come their way.
On Wednesday, Sony released a blog post stating that PlayStation players can now change their usernames.
A lot of work was put into this feature as Sony originally created the PlayStation network to have game purchases, trophies, DLCs, PlayStation Plus games, save files and more linked directly to your username. This was the main obstacle preventing the long-awaited feature. It appears that the majority of games have been tested and passed, including major titles such as Destiny 2, Division 2, Gran Turismo and more. However, there are a few games that have known minor issues, and an even shorter list of games that have major issues and may cause you to lose progress, trophies or even licenses for the digital downloads.
If you wish to change your PSN name after all these years, now is your chance!
Where Can I Change My PSN Name?
Currently, it is not possible to change your Online ID using a PS3 or PS Vita. The only two ways to change your PSN name are either through your PS4 or a web browser.
On PS4, navigate through Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Profile > Online ID then enter your chosen Online ID and follow the prompts to confirm availability and make the change.
On a browser, sign in to your PlayStation Network account then select PSN Profile. Click the Edit button by your Online ID, then enter your chosen Online ID and follow the prompts. These prompts are just warnings that the feature is not guaranteed to work with some games, and that you assume the risk of changing your PSN name. Sony does allow players to revert back to your original name if one of your favorite games does break.
How Many Times Can I Change My PSN Name?
You can change your PSN name indefinitely if those new names are available, but only the first change will be free. After that, each change will cost $4.99/£3.99 for PS Plus subscribers or $9.99/£7.99 for non-members. You will also have the choice to display your old PSN name alongside your new one for 30 days if you want friends to recognise you, but you can only enable or disable this feature when you make the actual name change – after that it’s locked. Be sure to read the Terms of Service to make sure your new name doesn’t violate Sony’s rules.
Can I merge my old PSN name with a newer one?
If you already created a new PlayStation account with the new desired name before Sony rolled out this new feature, you’re out of luck. Currently, you cannot merge two PSN names. You also cannot update your new account with a random name and try to claim that account’s previous name with your old account. All PSN names are tied together within their own PlayStation account.
Are Any Games Negatively Affected By a Name Change?
Sony released a list of games with known issues, and sorted them into three categories: Games with No Known Issues, Games with Issues Identified, and Games with Critical Issues. After a quick search across Reddit, it appears that all the games in the “No Known Issues” category are safe with a name change. The games listed with “Issues Identified” don’t get into too much specific detail as to what exactly is affected, but Sony says to “consider how important [the games] are to you” before making the change. The issues listed appear to be very minor and tend to not affect major aspects of the game like game saves, trophies and more.
- 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 into 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 into the game.
Currently, the list of games with “Issues Identified” include some major titles like Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™, Call of Duty®: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us™ Remastered, UNCHARTED™ 4: A Thief’s End, Warframe® and more. For the full list, visit the Games with Identified Issues list here.
A few games were found to have actual fundamental changes or major issues related to the game play experience. Some of the issues found in these games include:
- 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.
Sony recommends that if you have a game in this category to not change your username if you do not wish to potentially lose game progress, erase trophies, or unable to access DLCs purchased. It is possible these issues may be permanent and not be able to be fixed in the future.
These games are identified on the Critical Issues list provided by Sony, but we’ve copied this list below for you.
- Disc Jam™ (Critical Issues**)
- Everybody’s Golf (Critical Issues**)
- Just Dance 2017 (Critical Issues**)
- LittleBigPlanet™ 3 (Critical Issues**)
- MLB 14 The Show (Critical Issues**)
- MLB The Show 16 (Critical Issues**)
- MLB® The Show™ 15 (Critical Issues**)
- ONRUSH (Critical Issues**)
- The Golf Club 2™ (Critical Issues**)
- Worms™ Battlegrounds (Critical Issues**)
As always, feel free to reach out to an officer in our For The King Gaming Discord server if you have any questions. Game on!