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News hardware & software 11 April 2019, 00:08

author: Jacob Blazewicz

PlayStation Network Introduces Option to Change User's Online ID

Sony has announced that it will make account renaming option available to all PlayStation Network users. The feature will be available from tomorrow.

Since October we have been waiting for information about the option to change the PlayStation Network ID. Until now, the only beta version of the feature could be checked within PlayStation Preview, but it will change soon. Today Sony announced that from tomorrow (April 11) this option will be available to all PlayStation 4 owners, but not on its older platforms. The information was provided through an entry on the official PlayStation blog, which also answered some of the potential user questions.

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From tomorrow we will be able to change a potentially unfortunate ID chosen during the registration process of our PlayStation Network account.

The function will be available both on the console itself (we will find it in the console settings, more precisely in the profile management options) and through a web browser (the appropriate button will appear next to our nickname). The blog also confirms that the first ID change of the identifier will be free of charge, but we will have to pay $9.99 for each subsequent change. For PlayStation Plus subscribers the option will be less expensive - in their case, the fee for the new nickname will be $4.99. In addition, there will be no restrictions on the number of ID modifications, and at any time we will be able to return to any of the previous account names by contacting technical support.

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*We had to wait more than twelve years to be able to change our PSN ID.

It should be noted that not all games will support this feature. Testing on PlayStation Preview revealed problems with some titles, mainly in games released before April 1, 2018, such as Bloodborne or Waframe. Most of the time only minor bugs were detected, such as resetting the game to its default settings. Unfortunately, there were also some titles that removed player progress and virtual currency after changing the nickname, such as OnRush, Woms Battlegrounds or LittleBigPlanet 3. Restoring the previous account name is supposed to solve most of these problems, but we recommend that you check the list of titles tested by Sony for details.

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