Xbox Live users have been able to do this ever since the service debuted, but for years, PlayStation gamers have been clamoring to learn how to change their Playstation Network IDs, either because they hate their old names or just want a fresh start. If your game of choice is one of the titles with critical issues, Sony recommends you not change your username if you want to continue enjoying it.
A full list of games tested to support PSN name changes as well as those that are now experiencing issues with this, is available on the PlayStation website.
For PlayStation Plus members it will cost £3.99 for every name change after the first free name change.
It's great that players finally have the ability to change their online IDs, even if it's not guaranteed to be a problem-free experience. The feature will be as simple as visiting your "Account Management" page and entering a new online ID. Until now. Sony is finally delivering on its delayed promise to let users change their PSN names. Now, we'll all get to test it out, if you really plan on changing your username. Some games, including all PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games, may not be compatible with the ID changing feature.
PlayStation has also added a brand-new help section about the Online ID that you can find here.
Some common issues include the disappearance of your new name or the previous PSN ID still being visible.
That said, not all games will be able to support this feature. We'll keep you updated once we know more about the upcoming feature. Currently, there are only 10 games on the list with known critical issues.
A large majority of the most-played PS4 games that we tested support the feature.
That's nice (mainly because your original ID still exists due to this insane PSN structure), but the whole "losing progress or content" thing definitely isn't.
They've provided a list of tested games right HERE.
You may lose progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies.
Loss of UGC or parts of the game may not function properly, both online and offline. Beyond the actual cost, there are some other issues with the name change.