It’s the year 2019 and somehow Sony has finally caught up to industry standards. PSN Online ID Changes are now live for all PlayStation 4 players in the US and Europe.
The change rolled out Stateside yesterday and in Europe today, allowing PSN users to change their usernames. NU75ACK420 and xxFL4NG3Wolfxx can finally put their embarrassing past behind them.
Sony being Sony, this feature isn’t without its fair share of problems and caveats. First and foremost, a whole bunch of people whose names could be interpreted to be in breach of the rules will now find themselves with a new temporary name, rather than a ban. I noticed Nintendo Life’s Anthony Dickens, for example, has had his account flagged for having ‘Dick’ in his given name. It seems a little overzealous, but there we go.
As for the name changes, you can do it from within your Account Management settings on the PS4 itself, or through logging into the PlayStation Network on a web browser.
The first name change is free, after which it costs £7.99/€9.99 per name change, or £3.99/€4.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers. That’s sure to prove galling for folks used to Steam and the like, where user names can be changed on a whim. Your name can be changed back to a previous PSN ID free of charge.
When you change your PSN ID, all your friends will stay with you and the old name will display alongside your current ID for 30 days to help acclimate.
And finally, there’s a fairly long list of games with issues identified in relation to PSN ID changes. This includes minor problems such as old PSN IDs appearing in leaderboards, game accounts becoming unlinked from PSN accounts, and game settings defaulting, up to harsher critical issues such as loss of in-game digital currencies, game progress, and user-generated content. This doesn’t sound ideal at all so it’s certainly something to bear in mind if you’re contemplating a name change. Going forward, there should be no issue with new titles.
PS4 Games with Critical Issues Related to PSN ID Changes
- Disc Jam
- Everybody’s Golf
- Just Dance 2017
- Little Big Planet 3
- MLB 14 The Show
- MLB The Show 16
- MLB The Show 15
- The Gold Club 2
- Worms Battlegrounds
Has anyone been lumbered with an embarrassing PSN name they’re looking to change? Is it even right to be charging for such a feature? Let us know what you think of it all below!