30 July 2019
One of the most requested and much awaited PlayStation feature is finally here. It is the ability to change one's PSN name which was under testing for the past few months. It has now been made available for all PlayStation 4 (PS4) users around the world. It can be accessed from both the PS4 console and PSN website.
Sony says that the first PSN name change will be free for all users but after that, it will cost $9.99 per change. It will cost $4.99 per change for those who are a PlayStation Plus member. There are no limitations on how many times one can change the name. Another good thing is that users will be able to revert and use any of their old names whenever they want.
But before you get too excited and actually change your PSN name, there are a few things you should be aware of. The most important thing to know is that changing one's PSN name can result in different issues like game progress, leaderboard data, DLCs, trophies, and virtual currencies along with performance issues with online features. Some games might not show any of these issues but continue to show your older name instead of the new one.
There is an official list from Sony that details games showing no issues, little issues, and critical issues. You can refer the list to check what kind of issues your favorite games exhibit (if any). This list is for reference purposes only and Sony says it cannot guarantee what issues will emerge with what game. In case you end up facing any such issue, Sony mentions that those should get resolved by reverting to the older name but again, no guarantees here.