Sony finally allows PSN Online ID changes

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After months of teasing and years of waiting, Sony is finally let you change your online PSN ID. Starting April 10 (April 11 for Europe), all PlayStation 4 users will be able to change their grips either on their console or through a web browser. The first change is free, while any subsequent changes will cost $ 10 (£ 8 or € 10) if you’re not a PlayStation Plus subscriber, and $ 5 (£ 4 or € 5) if you are. You can revert to an old ID for free and you don’t have to worry about someone poaching that old alias.

As stated earlier, there are some important caveats. Officially, only games first released after April 1, 2018 were designed to support ID changes, and there is still one unspecified title that’s causing issues. While the “vast majority” of popular PS4 games should work, Sony cannot guarantee that a name change will not cause hiccups. There is a compatibility list which shows potential issues you might encounter, including a few headlines (such as Just Dance 2017 and LittleBigPlanet 3) with “critical issues” that shatter the experience.

PS3 and PS Vita games do not support this feature.

This is arguably a late change as Xbox owners have long had the option to change their gamertags, and the technical limitations could leave many people sticking to their name for a long time. Still, Sony had to start somewhere if it wanted to make the feature available in the first place. And let’s face it – if you’ve been stuck with embarrassing ID for years, you’ll probably be willing to make some compromises to pick something more appropriate.

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