PlayStation handles are changeable now


Keeping a promise, it made last year, Sony is finally providing PlayStation 4 players the option to change their username. This means you can get rid of the now-annoying usernames you might have thought of as funny in high school.

Although this is a piece of great news for the users, despondently, changing your PlayStation username is not as simple as it seems. It is not just about typing in a new name and getting back to your favorite game. Due to a number of software technicalities, the process gets a bit more complicated depending on the games you still play.

How to change your Username?

Firstly, you are going to either need your PlayStation 4 console or access to a web browser. The process of changing your PlayStation Network ID, also known as a PSN ID can only be executed by the aforementioned options.

From your PlayStation 4, go to Settings -> Account Management -> Account Information -> Profile -> Online ID. You’ll be able to make the change there. Alternatively, on the web, sign in to your PlayStation Network account, select your profile in the menu bar, and hit the Edit button.

Some untold details

There is more about the recent update in the option to change your PlayStation username:

  • You should not expect every game to support a change in PSN ID.
  • While a majority of popular PlayStation games support changing your username, not every title will play nice with your revised handle.
  • According to Sony, games released after April 1, 2018, are humble enough of handling your new identity. “However, since they have not all been specifically tested with the feature, we cannot guarantee that they will support it,” Sony said in its announcement of the update.
  • Due to the unsupported change, you might have to give up playing your favorite title. Fortunately, Sony has a list of tested games to peruse. If your game of choice is one of the titles with critical issues, Sony recommends you not change your username if you want to continue enjoying it.

The first change is free

Sony is giving every user one PlayStation username change on the house. But should you want to make yet another tweak to your PSN ID, it’ll cost you $9.99. If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, that drops to $4.99.

You can always go back

Hate your new name? Don’t worry. As long as your name doesn’t violate Sony’s rules (nothing profane, racist, or insensitive, among other restrictions) you can always revert back by contacting Sony’s customer service department.