After years of asking, PSN ID changes are finally able to be made today. Since this is a new feature, the PlayStation Blog has rolled out some FAQs to help you understand what you can and cannot do. For starters, your first name change is free, but everyone after that will cost you $9.99 USD/CAD or $4.99 USD/CAD for PlayStation Plus members. As a convenience to your friends, you can choose to show your old ID with the new one for 30 days. You can change your name as many times as you want.
If you decide that your new name isn’t all that great, you can revert back to your old ID. It’s free to revert, and no one else can take an old ID you had. As long as it doesn’t violate the terms of service, it’s available for you to use again. If you change your ID multiple times, you can revert to any of the old IDs without limit.
As you might imagine, there are some caveats. This new feature only works with games that were “originally published on or after April 1, 2018”, but there are still some exceptions. A repackaged or remastered version of a game sold after April 1st, but originally released before that date, doesn’t count. To be safe, here is a list of tested games and known issues. Some of them will have issues, and some won’t. Changing your ID is not without risk.
Even if you hate your old ID, I would recommend you read through all the FAQs and check the game list, before you change your ID. The cure could actually be worse than the disease in this case. As we move forward into the PS5 era soon, let’s hope this can be made less risky with more software improvements, or maybe we won’t play as many games from the soon to be olden days of PS4 yore.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.