In this write up, I will show you two ways of how to change your PSN name on PS4. Besides it, I will also let you know about certain key considerations and risks associated with this update.
So, let’s get started…
After the launch of PlayStation Network by Sony in 2006, users are unable to change PSN name for many years.
Fortunately, Sony has pulled out this restriction and now users can alter PSN name as their online ID for one time without any cost.
But, there’s one condition you need to consider to get a new PSN name for free. And it is that, you need to make sure that you have not updated it before.
Now, let’s get into steps right below –
Well, there are two methods you can opt for to update PSN name, we have discussed each method in detail below.
#Method 1: Change PSN Name Using Web Browser
It is very easy method to amend your awful PSN name you have created previously. Below are the steps you need to follow –
Open this official PlayStation website www.playstation.com in the web browser you are using (Chrome, Safari, or Firefox).
Now, sign in to your PlayStation account and click on the profile photo. It will open a drop down.
In the drop down, go to Account Settings and tap on PSN Profile.
It will ask for your password again, enter your password and you are able to see your display name at the top of the page.
Click on Edit icon right below the Online ID, now you can enter your new PSN name that will display to all other users.
That’s it, you’re done with updating your Playstation name.
#Method 2: How to Get New PSN Name from your PS4?
You can also change PSN name by using this easy alternative method. Check steps below –
First, go to the setting section of your PlayStation 4 console.
Now, select the Account Management and tap on the Account Information.
In the next screen, you need to go to your Profile option and click on Online ID.
Now, you are able to change your Playstation name without using web browser.
In brief, this is how you can change your PSN name for one time without paying a single penny to Sonny.
Unfortunately, you cannot update your online identity frequently and in case you are in need to update your online ID again then it might cost you from $5 to $10.
However, the good news is that you can revert your previous PSN name anytime for free.
Your older online ID is unavailable to use for others so that they cannot steal it to copy you. Moreover, older name displays right beside your new PSN name at least for 30 days, so that your friends don’t get confused when it comes to recognize you.
Is There Any Risks in Changing PSN Name?
Yes, there will be certain risks associated with altering PSN name it includes –
- Risk of losing older data
- Chances are higher that you may lose trophy information
- You may also lose saved data and game progress status
- You can lose paid DLC too
- PS3, Vita Games and some other older games are unable to recognize your new PSN name
However, changing back to your previous ID may resolve this issues.
According to Sonny, almost all PS4 games published after April 1, 2018 are able to recognize changed PSN identity.
Here is the official list of games that support new change PSN name feature without any issue.
What Are The Restrictions to Consider?
The notable restriction is that all child users below 18 are prohibited from using this feature.
You should think about many things before making alteration to your PSN name or else you may compromise your game playing experience.
Hope this information on “How to Change Your PSN Name” helpful. If yes, then don’t forget to share it with other Playstation users.