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PSN Name Change Price And Compatible Games

PSN Name Change Price And Compatible Games

The PSN Name change feature is incoming! Finally, you’ll be able to amend that unwanted ID that you created when you were, er, a little immature.

The feature is currently available in beta via the PlayStation Preview Program to those who received an invite. All PS4 players will be able to amend their PSN name early 2019. An exact release date for the update has yet to be revealed, but we’d estimate it will land in the PS4 firmware 6.5 update. PS4 update 6.2 was the latest patch.

Check out this guide to find out the PSN Name change price, the compatible games, and find out whether you’ll lose your trophies. Alternatively, find out how to change your PSN Name.

How Much Does It Cost To Change Your PSN ID?

The good news is that there’s no charge the first time you change your PSN name. The price if you want to change it again will the $9.99 or $4.99 if you’re a PlayStation Plus member.

Will I Lose My PS4 Trophies?

It depends. Your PSN ID is tied in with numerous games. Sony has confirmed that all game published after April 1, 2018, will be compatible once you change your name, so you won’t lose your trophies.

If a PS4 game isn’t compatible, you may experience some issues and errors. Essentially, some PS4 games will still be exclusively be linked to your original PSN account. So, there’s a possibility you may lose your PS4 trophies on some games, though Sony has confirmed there will be an option to revert back to your old name.

Many games released before April 1, 2018, but not all, will also be compatible with your new PSN ID. The different types of games are split into the following three categories.

  • Games With No Known Issues
  • Games With Identified Issues
  • Games With Critical Issues

You can find a full list of games that have no known issues, some issues, and critical issues here from the PlayStation Blog.

Should You Change Your PSN Name?

It’s really going to depend on a) how much you hate it and are desperate for a new ID, and b) whether you’re bothered about potentially losing trophies to a particular game, or want to risk having issues caused by it if you want to go back and play an older game.

We’d really recommend holding fire to see the complete list of compatible games.

  • gamingandgeek

    Where did they get this info that you will lose trophies? On the official blog post it did not say anything about losing trophies, only compatibility issues with some games. https://blog.us.playstation.com/2018/10/10/psn-online-id-change-feature-entering-playstation-preview-program-soon/

  • Honomaru

    Maaaan. PS will probably always be my favorite console but man are they crummy when it comes to system updates. I know I’m being whiny but why should we have to worry about compatibility and trophy issues? It’s just like when we FINALLY get custom soundtracks in our games but it comes down to a crapshoot of which games allow and which don’t. The one thing I give Xbox credit for is that they make things like these system features rather than software dependent.

    Glad I actually don’t mind my name on there.

    Add me, guys: Celestialessence

    • YOUDIEMOFO

      same here…. YOUDIEMOFO

    • Albert Belle

      What do you mean? They can’t think of everything from the very beginning. Who has EVER done that? Microsoft had to upgrade their consoles just like Nintendo always has to do to improve on and update features. If it was never part of the original design of course there would be a few flubs and errors in the system since your account is tied to your original online name. Also by the way there is nothing saying you will lose your trophies.

      • Honomaru

        At the time that I wrote my comment, rumors actually were surfacing that trophies could be affected though the rumors have since been proven false apparently.

        And true, no company thinks of “everything” from the very beginning. But that’s an excuse you can use to justify an infinite number of shortcomings in any situation ever. If they knew better we can assume they’d do better obviously. But they didn’t, so that is why I am critiquing them.

        Further, as I pointed out, Sony has already had this issue in the past when they slipped up with custom soundtracks last generation. As I understand, it was actually a hardware limitation that prevented them from fully integrating in-game music independent of software permissions like Xbox did.

        One would think they’d use that as a lesson to avoid the same kind of issues in the next generation but clearly they did not. In game music is still left to the whim of developers and as it regards account name changes, there is currently a laundry list of titles that can be affected negatively by the name change :https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/onlineid/games-list-home/issues-identified/

        Running into issues just because you want to change your online id isn’t cool.

      • Honomaru

        At the time that I wrote my comment, rumors actually were surfacing that trophies could be affected though the rumors have since been proven false apparently.

        And true, no company thinks of “everything” from the very beginning. But that’s an excuse you can use to justify an infinite number of shortcomings in any situation ever. If they knew better we can assume they’d do better obviously. But they didn’t, so that is why I am critiquing them. I also admitted I was being whiny here lol

        Sony seems to always struggle when it comes to retrofitting their consoles with features. I won’t hold that fact alone against them. Perhaps there are hardware or licensing issues that prevent them from integrating certain features as cleanly as Xbox.

        However, it’s not like changing our online id was a spur of the moment request and they had to scramble to get it done in an unreasonably short amount of time. Playstation gamers have been asking for the PSN name change since way back into the LAST console generation. They took this long to finally implement the feature and as it stands, there is currently a laundry list of titles that can be affected negatively by the name change :https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/onlineid/games-list-home/issues-identified/

        Running into issues just because you want to change your online id isn’t cool.

        • Albert Belle

          All I can say to that is NOTHING is perfect. I understand we all want things to run smoothly and for Sony to make things run perfect but you have to remember this is this console’s final year before the PS5. The very fact that they are still trying to fix or integrate any of these features on a console that they could easily just wait to do on the PS5 is miracle in itself. You could bet your head that any other company would have simply said ‘Yeah we will fix that on the next console. I get where you are coming from but name changes were not a priority compared to making a functioning game console. Hopefully this mean it will be front and center on the PS5 with no hiccups and flubs.

          • Honomaru

            Tbh I don’t consider that a miracle. That’s like rewarding developers who release a game before it’s ready and then when it’s full of bugs saying “Well just be grateful it even released when it did. They could have delayed it.”

            No. I would rather they delay the game and release a better product. Most people who have even a basic amount of patience and understanding would agree with this. And if that’s how it should be for one game it most definitely should be the same for a hardware update that could affect NUMEROUS games you own.

            I am not really understanding your angle against my criticism to be honest. I think I am being fair. Perhaps you are a Sony PR rep? Maybe it’s best we agree to disagree lol

          • Albert Belle

            My point is that it is minor gripe. Everyone should have thought of everything at launch and they never do. None of them do. Everyone will always ask ‘well why didn’t you think of this or do that ‘ no matter how minor it is. Also just because I disagree with your critism doesn’t mean you immediately assume I am with or for everything Sony does. What kind of infantile reaction is that? What just because you say something everyone must immediately agree with you? What you have never been disagreed with in your life? This isn’t like a game where something vital you must do affects the entire game. This something minor that has couple cons to it that may or may not affect a couple of things.

  • Jihaad Boonzaier

    look a system architect who has knowledge of their system /s

  • “lol son cant even get some thing as simple as this right”

    I wouldn’t call them out on getting something wrong when your entire comment is riddled with errors.