Sony Interactive Entertainment announced on the PlayStation Blog that we can now finally change our online ID, but you should think twice if you plan to do that.
You can only change the ID via your PlayStation 4 or from a web browser. From a PlayStation Vita or a PlayStation 3, you cannot do this! From a PS4, go to [Settings], select [Account Management] > [Account Information] > [Profile] > [Online ID], then enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions. After these steps, follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change. From a web browser, sign in to your PlayStation Network account on this page and select PSN Profile in the menu. Select the Edit button that’s next to your Online ID, enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions, and then, follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change. You have the option to show your previous online ID next to your new one for thirty days so your friends can identify you.
The first change is free. From the second onwards, it’s 10 dollars/euros, or if you are a PlayStation Plus-subscriber, you can do it for 5 dollars/euros. You can change as many times as you want (it applies to change back to the previous one as well!), and you can change back to the old one as long as it doesn’t break the terms of service. By contacting PlayStation Support, you can change back to any of your older online IDs, as they will stay in your possession – nobody can take over your previous ID after changing from it! Child accounts cannot change their online ID!
The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games don’t support the online ID change, but those PlayStation 4 / PlayStation VR titles that do can be read here. Those games that were launched after April 1, 2018, all support this function by default.
There might be some errors, though: your previous Online ID may remain visible to you and other players in some areas, you may lose progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies, parts of your game and applications may not function properly both online and offline, and you may even lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you may have acquired for your games including content like add-ons and virtual currency. Reverting to a previous name can fix the issue.
These games have minor issues (which can be solved by logging out and back in if your accounts get unlinked, see default settings or your previous ID is shown, or if it disappears altogether): Absolver: Downfall, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Big City Stories, Bloodborne, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Crossout, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, Dark Souls III, Dragon Quest Builders, FIFA 17 Standard Edition, Gauntlet: Slayer Edition, God Eater 2 Rage Burst, Grand Theft Auto V, Gundam Versus, Guns Up!, Injustice 2 – Standard Edition, Killzone Shadow Fall, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, MLB The Show 17, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Naruto Shippuden: Storm Trilogy, Naruto Storm: Road to Boruto Expansion, NBA 2K19, PlayStation VR Worlds, Rock Band 4, Rocksmith 2014 Edition – Remastered, The Last of Us Remastered, Titanfall 2, Trackmania Turbo, Trove, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, UNO, Warframe, WipEout Omega Collection.
These games have major issues – you may lose progress or the in-game currency in them, or even some parts of them stop function entirely – in case you want to keep your trophies, avoid permanent game errors and data loss, then do not change your online ID if you play with any of these games: Disc Jam, Everybody’s Golf, Just Dance 2017, LittleBigPlanet 3, MLB 14 The Show, MLB The Show 16, MLB® The Show 15, ONRUSH, The Golf Club 2, Worms Battlegrounds.
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