Sony has confirmed the much-requested PSN ID change feature will arrive very soon for PS4 users. Players in North America can change their IDs from today, April 10, while those in Europe can do so from tomorrow, April 11.
“We’re excited to announce that the online ID change feature on PSN is officially launching to all PlayStation 4 owners later today,” Sony’s social media director, Sid Shuman, stated on the PlayStation Blog. “You’ll also be able to change your online ID via a web browser, and that feature will also be available starting today.”
Shuman goes on to state that ID changes can only be done through a web browser or your PS4–so PS3 and PS Vita users are out of luck. As was previously confirmed, the first change is free, but any subsequent changes to your PSN ID will cost $10 / £8, or $5 / £4 for PS Plus subscribers.
There are no limits on how many times you can change your ID, and you can always revert back to any previous version of your ID for free by contacting PlayStation support. Nobody else can take your old IDs, even after you change, and if you choose to you can display your old ID next to your new one on your profile for up to 30 days, in order to help your friends notice the change. Child accounts cannot change their online ID, Sony says.
The blog post noted that all PS4 games originally published on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature, but “there may be cases where a game is not fully compatible.”
If you want to check out a list of the officially tested games for yourself before making a change to you ID, you can head here. PlayStation claims that “the large majority of most actively played PS4 games support the feature.”
Before you fully commit to changing your ID, you should make yourself aware of the some of the potential issues you could run into with the games that haven’t been tested.
While it’s not massively likely, you could risk losing progress within games, including save data and trophies. You could also lock yourself out of access to add-on content such as in-game currency and DLC. Obviously, either of these things would be a major pain in the butt.
Fortunately, if anything really crazy does happen to you, PlayStation says that simply reverting back to your old ID “should” solve most issues. It also expects that these issues will occur only in a “small number” of games.
If you’re still feeling good about changing your ID, all you need to do is boot up your PS4, go to settings, and navigate to your profile (which is in account management). From there, you’ll find a new option to tinker with your online ID. Easy peasy. In theory.
We’ll see just how smoothly this feature pans out over the next few days, I guess.