PSN name change finally available on PlayStation

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As of writing, PSN ID changes will officially go live later today on the PlayStation 4. Here's how the process works.

Matt Purslow is IGN UK's News and Entertainment Writer, and threw dozens of Trophies down the drain when he changed his PSN ID back in 2013. The first name change for your PSN Online ID is free with subsequent changes costing $10 (around Rs. 700) for non-PS Plus subscribers and $5 (close to Rs. 350) for PS Plus subscribers. The first change is free too, so if you've been stuck with a PSN ID you hate for years, you can rid yourself of it without having to pay anything. If you are anxious about confusion with friends over your name changes, you can also display your old PSN User ID alongside your new one for added clarity. From there, choose Account Information, then Profile, and finally Online ID. There's a compatibility list that shows the potential problems you might face, including a few titles (such as Just Dance 2017 and LittleBigPlanet 3) with "critical issues" that break the experience. If you're doing it over your web browser, sign into your account and click on PSN Profile in the menu. Sony recommends not changing your name if you plan to keep playing these games. Also, Child accounts can't change their PSN names.

Not all games will support a new ID, however. The first name change will be offered free of charge.

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With that, you've completed the change!

Below are some of the issues you may encounter. You could test out a new name for a bit, and see how it goes - and if it's not quite a fit for you, be back to your old ID in no time at all. This is because games published after April 1, 2018 were developed using tools supporting the change at a system level. Some of the games, by Sony's account, may cause "permanent game errors and data loss".

Sony is giving every user one PlayStation username change on the house. However, it will not be supported directly on older devices such as the PS3 or PS Vita. The games on this list may reset your game progress, including any record of in-game currency you may have purchased with real money.