Sony’s finally giving users one of the most-requested PlayStation 4 features: the ability to change their online name.
The PlayStation 4’s online service, PlayStation Network (PSN), hasn’t allowed its tens of millions of users to change their username since its inception on Sony’s previous PlayStation console.
That means any games purchased, friends made, and cloud saves uploaded are tied to whatever PSN ID users signed up with originally. Choosing a new one means losing all that stuff, going all the way back to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
It’s not a great situation.
The PlayStation 4 Slim (back) and PlayStation 4 Pro (front). Ben Gilbert / Business Insider
And that’s why it’s such a big deal that Sony’s finally enabling the ability to alter PSN names.
Starting on April 10, anyone with a PlayStation 4 and a PSN ID is able to change their name for free one time. Any additional name changes will cost $10.
The change can be made on a PlayStation 4 console or through a web browser; unfortunately, there’s no way to change your PSN ID through PlayStation 3 or Vita consoles.
Due to the way that Sony built the PlayStation Network, there are some