After teasing the long awaited feature back in October, Sony has finally pushed the ability for PSN name changes live to the public. Sid Shuman, Director of Social Media for SCEA, dropped the news shortly ago on the PlayStation Blog.
There appears to be a pretty substantial caveat to what we were previously promised though. In October, Shuman told players that the PSN name changes would be fully functional with all games published after April 1st, 2018. However, there are numerous titles that fit this bill which have demonstrated issues on accounts with modified names.
Sony has gathered a list of titles that have had problems with the conversion. There’s one group they deem to have “issues”, and a second that have “critical issues”. Luckily the latter is much shorter than the former.
Games with critical issues to the PSN name changes could see players losing in-game currency, game progress and more. Sony doesn’t recommend changing your PSN ID if you frequent these titles. They include:
- Disc Jam
- Everybody’s Golf
- Just Dance 2017
- LittleBigPlanet 3
- MLB 14 The Show
- MLB The Show 16
- MLB The Show 15
- The Golf Club 2
- Worms Battlegrounds
The list of games with other than critical issues is much more expansive. However, changing your PSN ID in these title’s doesn’t appear to be as serious of a threat. Players could see their old IDs lingering around (but could update with a sign out and sign in), user accounts may not properly link at first, and game settings in these titles may return to default. Here is that list:
- Absolver: Downfall
- Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag
- Big City Stories
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin
- DARK SOULS III
- DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS
- EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Standard Edition
- Gauntlet: Slayer Edition
- GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst
- Grand Theft Auto V
- GUNDAM VERSUS
- GUNS UP!
- Injustice 2 – Standard Edition
- KILLZONE SHADOW FALL
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
- MLB The Show 17
- NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4
- NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Trilogy
- NARUTO STORM 4 : Road to Boruto Expansion
- NBA 2K19
- PlayStation VR Worlds
- Rock Band 4
- ROCKSMITH 2014 EDITION – REMASTERED
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Titanfall 2
- Trackmania Turbo
- UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End
- WipEout Omega Collection
If you plan to jump aboard the PSN name changes train, you can do so by going here with a web browser. Or you can change your PSN ID directly from your PlayStation 4 by going into Settings/Account Management/Account Information/Profile/Online ID.
Your PSN ID change is totally free. However, PlayStation Plus members will have to be $4.99 for each change after the first. And non-PlayStation Plus members will pay $9.99 for every change after the first.
There may be some glitches, but at least Sony has finally rolled the ability out to change those archaic nicknames we’ve generated years and years ago. Up next – cross-platform play.