PSN ID Changes Officially Happening Today

Today is a momentous day in PlayStation history: The day we can finally change our PSN IDs!

There are some steps in this process and some stipulations that go along with it, so PlayStation blog has been updated with a brand new FAQ detailing how to do it, what games it may or may not affect, and what it will cost you to go through with it.

We’ll start off with the biggest question:

Q: Where and how can I change my online ID?
You can either change your online ID on your PS4 or web browser.
PlayStation 4:
Step 1: From your PS4 go to [Settings].
Step 2: Select [Account Management] > [Account Information] > [Profile] > [Online ID].
Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.
Web browser:
Step 1: Sign in to your PlayStation Network account and select PSN Profile in the menu.
Step 2: Select the Edit button that’s next to your Online ID.
Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the suggestions.
Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the change.

For those who want to change their name, there is a slight cost:

Q: Do I have to pay to change my ID? How much will it cost?
The first change is free, and changes after that will cost $9.99 USD / CAD. For PlayStation Plus members, it will cost $4.99 USD/ CAD for each change after the first one.

Before you make the decision to change your name, know there are some risks associated with it. Below are some of the potential issues you could run into if you decide to change your PSN ID.

Q: What kind of issues could I potentially run into?
Below are some of the issues you may encounter. We expect major issues to occur only in a small number of games.
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.
You may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you may have acquired for your games including content like add-ons and virtual currency.

So, for anyone with a poorly chosen PSN ID, whether it was a decision made as a prepubescent joke, or you simply didn’t understand the Online ID process, you can finally correct those mistakes. There are more questions and answers on the PlayStation Blog FAQ, so feel free to browse through those. If you have more questions not covered in the FAQ, post it in the comments, the PS Blog team will be ready to answer. They are also looking to expand the FAQ to include as many questions as they feel appropriate.

So how many out there will be changing your names? If you do, make sure we can still recognize you and let’s talk about this new policy in the Forums or on Twitter using #AskPSNation.

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