You can finally change your PSN ID, but there’s a catch

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As of writing, PSN ID changes will officially go live later today on the PlayStation 4.

How do you change your PSN username?

However, there's one pretty big catch to this whole ID changing deal.

Some games have known, critical issues when changing the PSN ID, and there's a list for that, too.

Select the Edit button that's next to your Online ID.

Starting today in America and tomorrow in Europe, PSN users can visit Sony's site to change their names at last.

It's arguably an overdue change when Xbox owners have long had the option of changing their gamertags, and the technical limitations could leave many people sticking with their names for a long time.

After this initial free offering, you'll have to pay $9.99 ($4.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers) to change your name.

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Q: If I change my online ID multiple times, can I revert back to any of my past IDs?

Q: Can I revert back to my old ID?

PlayStation states that during tested "a large majority of the most-played PS4 games" did support the PSN User ID change.

All PS4 games published since April 1, 2018, have been developed to support the name change feature, but PlayStation can not guarantee they will all work, as they have not been tested. However, this isn't a guarantee, as not every title has been tested with the name change feature. You can find a full list of tested games and associated issues here.

They also linked to a blog post which explained how the PSN Online ID change feature will work.

For example: a game released in 2015 has been re-mastered or re-sold as a complete edition in 2018 will not support the ID change feature. Games with critical issues might result in lost progress, or they could even lose in-game currency.

There are some risks associated with changing your PlayStation ID, as not all games support the feature.

Some of the issues that can arise include losing "progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies", your previous Online ID remaining visible to you and other players, parts of games not functioning properly "both online and offline".

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