PlayStation users are finally able to change their PSN names, with a new update from Sony adding this long-sought functionality. Players have wanted this ability for years, and rumors that Sony was planning to provide it surfaced in autumn last year.
“We’re excited to announce that the online ID change feature on PSN is officially launching to all PlayStation 4 owners”, said Sony in an official PlayStation blog. “You’ll also be able to change your online ID via a web browser,” the blog clarified. You won’t be able to change your online ID using a PS3 or PS Vita, though.
How do you change your PSN ID, then? Well, if you’re on a PS4, you need to go into Settings, then select Account Management, then select Account Information, then select Profile, then select Online ID. From here, follow the instructions to choose a new name.
On a web browser, you need to sign into your PSN account, then select PSN Profile, then select the Edit button that’s positioned next to your Online ID. Again, from there, you’ll see some instructions that will guide you through the change.Players get one free use of this functionality, so you can change your PSN name once without paying a penny. You can also revert back to an old name for free. But once you’ve changed your name once, changing it to something new again will set you back $9.99. Or if you have PS Plus, each change after the first one will cost you $4.99.
It’s been quite some time since Sony first talked about PSN users being able to change their usernames, and it’s been even longer since fans first requested that feature. Of course, Sony has a bit of a history of being slow to the draw in terms of online features. They’ve only recently started allowing developers to incorporate cross-play into PS4 games.
The full PlayStation blog, which answers lots of questions and also details some potential issues you might run into when you change your PSN name, can be found here.