The long-awaited PSN Online ID Change feature has arrived on PlayStation 4, but you might want to think twice before taking advantage of it.
Sony has officially rolled out the long-awaited PSN Online ID Changer feature, finally letting you get rid of that embarrassing ID you’ve had since college. The new feature is now live on PlayStation 4 with the ability to mod it through a web browser coming soon as well.
Finally, you no longer need to be recognized as “xXslayer4lyfeXx”. Now you can change it to something that will also be lame in 10 or 20 years.
Changing your ID is free the first time and will cost $9.99 each time thereafter. PlayStation Plus members will only have to pay $4.99 each time after the first change.
While the ability to change your PSN name to something embarrassing is a dream come true for many gamers, it comes with a pretty notable downside; not all games fully support the rename function. As Sony notes:
All PS4 games originally released on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature. However, as not all of them have been specifically tested with the feature, we cannot guarantee that they will support it.
Fortunately, Sony has put together a list of PlayStation 4 games that have been tested. The list is divided into three categories: games with no known issues; games with identified issues that Sony does not consider critical to the gameplay experience, but which you should still consider; and games with critical issues that Sony considers “fundamental to the gaming experience”.
This third list of games is the one that will worry people the most, as it could lead to loss of in-game currency, loss of game progress, and parts of the game not even working properly. Luckily, the list of games with critical issues isn’t too long and mostly includes older titles.
Games “with identified issues” are a bit more concerning, if only for the fact that they’re longer and have newer, more popular titles. This list includes Grand Theft Auto V, Bloodborne, Dark Souls II and III, MLB The Show 17, Uncharted 4, Warframe and Titanfall 2 to name a few.
The full list of games that have already been tested and work fine can be found here. Going forward, all PS4 games originally released on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change function; however, they have not yet been successfully tested, which is why they are not guaranteed to be fully compatible with the feature.
If a game isn’t on any of the three lists, it hasn’t been tested yet and may experience issues if you change your Online ID.
If you decide to change your name, you’ll have the option to display your old ID next to the new one in your profile for 30 days so your friends know who you are. You will also be able to switch back to your old login, free of charge, for any reason. Also, the old ID you’re switching from will only remain available to you, so you don’t have to worry about a new person taking it if you switch.
If you want to change your PSN ID, just follow these instructions. With the ability to change your PSN ID now, what’s the next feature you want to see?