PlayStation 4 owners, you can finally change your online ID

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To change your PSN ID, you can do so directly on your PS4 console or via web browser. PS3 and PS Vita games are not supported. Sony encourages users to check the list before changing your PSN ID.

Specifically, PlayStation says that "the large majority of most actively played PS4 games support the feature" and has a list of games tested with ID changes that have either have no known issues, issues identified, or critical issues that it is urging players to read before changing IDs. If you reside in Europe, you can change your ID from tomorrow, April 11.

It's arguably an overdue change when Xbox owners have long had the option of changing their gamertags, and the technical limitations could leave many people sticking with their names for a long time. Any further changes will cost $9.99 / £7.99, or $4.99 / £3.99 for PlayStation Plus members.

Xbox users on the other hand, were able to change their name pretty easily (although it did cost a small fee), and PC gamers on platforms like Steam have been able to do freely for years too. A list of games that are officially compatible with the online ID changes has been provided on the PlayStation website. Reported issues include: loss of game save data or game progress (such as scores/trophy progress), loss of in-game currency, and parts of the game functioning improperly. So while games published for the first time after April 1, 2018, should all work, not every single one has been tested. We've all had them, right? The feature will be as simple as visiting your "Account Management" page and entering a new online ID. For example, a game that first launched back in 2013 that has since been re-mastered or re-sold as a "complete edition" in 2018 does not apply.

Not all PS4 games support the name change feature. The reason why Sony still wants you to remember your old name, even displaying it after your new name for the first month, is that name changes may still cause issues for games published before April 2018. Playing these games may mean you still have to use your old username, and there's a chance that you could lose access to DLC.

Q: What should I do if I encounter an issue by changing my online ID?

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