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PSN name changes go live today

PS4 owners can finally update their PlayStation Network IDs, with some caveats

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

PlayStation customers can finally update their PlayStation Network IDs, a long-awaited feature that Sony announced in October, starting Wednesday. As previously noted by Sony, the option to change your PSN name comes with a few caveats.

The PSN online ID change feature is supported by games “originally published on or after April 1, 2018,” but the company warns that it cannot guarantee that all games “fully support the feature.” According to Sony, at least 10 games have known “critical issues” as a result of the change, including Sony-published titles like Everybody’s Golf, LittleBigPlanet 3, and some MLB The Show games. Those critical issues include losing progress in games or toward PlayStation Trophies and losing in-game currency (earned or paid) associated with those games.

Other games that don’t work fully with PSN online ID change feature include Bloodborne, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, NBA 2K19, and Warframe. The issues related to those titles and others include less serious problems like previous online IDs displaying and games initializing to their default state.

A full list of games tested to support or have issues with PSN name changes is available at the PlayStation website.

Changing your PlayStation Network ID is free the first time. Sony is charging $9.99 to change a PSN ID beyond that initial change (PlayStation Plus subscribers will pay $4.99). More details about the feature are available at the PlayStation Blog.

Update: This post has been updated with additional clarification about some of the critical issues Sony outlined related to certain games.

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