(Pocket-lint) – Sony is finally letting you change your PlayStation Network Online ID.
You can now choose a new username that you want to be known as when playing games on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro.
There are a few caveats though, including possible conflicts in some games. It can also cost you money if you want to change it more than once.
So here are the steps to change your PSN ID and some of the pitfalls you might encounter.
How to Change Your PSN Online ID on PS5 or PS4
- Start up PlayStation 5 or PS4 and go to settings.
- Go to Account Management > Account Information > Profile > Online ID.
- There you can enter the new name of your choice and check if it is available. Otherwise, you can choose one of the available suggestions instead.
- Follow the on-screen messages to complete.
- Voila, you have a new PSN Online ID.
How to Change Your PSN Online ID on a PC or Mac
- Open a web browser and go to the PlayStation Network website, log in to your account and click on PSN Profile in the left column.
- Click the Change button next to your existing PSN Online ID.
- Enter your new name or choose one of the available suggestions.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to complete.
You cannot change your PSN ID on a PS Vita or PS3.
There will be a charge if you change more than once
If you want to change it again, you will be charged a fee.
The first change is free, but subsequent changes will cost £7.99/€9.99/$9.99 per change for non-PlayStation Plus members.
PS Plus members will be charged £3.99/€4.99/$4.99 for each additional change.
Changing your PSN Online ID can cause problems with many games
There are quite a few online games that could be negatively impacted if you change your ID.
Sony has discovered issues in testing ranging from your old username still visible to losing game saves and even accessing paid content.
There’s a list of games that might have issues here, as well as some of the issues you might encounter.
Games for PS3 and PS Vita do not support changing a PSN ID and may also experience major issues.
Revert to your old PSN Online ID
You can revert to your previous ID (or any other ID in your account if you change it multiple times) free of charge by contacting PlayStation Support.
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Written by Rik Henderson. Editing by Max Freeman-Mills.