PlaySta­tion is offi­cial­ly let­ting play­ers change their gamertags today. It’s been a long await­ed fea­ture, espe­cial­ly for those who regret their start­ing names.

Dur­ing the beta pre­view pro­gram for this fea­ture, PlaySta­tion found an instance where a game didn’t ful­ly sup­port the name change. It was pre­vi­ous­ly stat­ed that PS4 titles pub­lished on April 1st, 2018 and after, would be com­pat­i­ble.

How­ev­er, this is no longer the case, since not all the games pub­lished after the afore­men­tioned date have been specif­i­cal­ly test­ed. PlaySta­tion is encour­ag­ing PS4 users to head over to a list of test­ed titles. They did men­tion a “large major­i­ty of most active­ly played PS4 games” do sup­port the fea­ture.

PlaySta­tion released a FAQ to guide any­one with ques­tions:

Q: Where and how can I change my online ID?

You can either change your online ID on your PS4 or web brows­er.

PlaySta­tion 4:

  • Step 1: From your PS4 go to [Set­tings].
  • Step 2: Select [Account Man­age­ment] > [Account Infor­ma­tion] > [Pro­file] > [Online ID].
  • Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the sug­ges­tions.
  • Step 4: Fol­low the on-screen prompts to com­plete the change.

Web brows­er:

  • Step 1: Sign in to your PlaySta­tion Net­work accountand select PSN Pro­file in the menu.
  • Step 2: Select the Edit but­ton that’s next to your Online ID.
  • Step 3: Enter an Online ID of your choice or choose from one of the sug­ges­tions.
  • Step 4: Fol­low the on-screen prompts to com­plete the change.

Q. Can I change my online ID on my PS3 or PS Vita?

No. The change can only be made through a PS4 sys­tem or web brows­er.

Q: Do I have to pay to change my ID? How much will it cost?

The first change is free, and changes after that will cost $9.99 USD / CAD. For PlaySta­tion Plus mem­bers, it will cost $4.99 USD/ CAD for each change after the first one.

Q: Will my friends be able to find me with my new online ID?

When chang­ing your online ID, you’ll have the option to dis­play your old ID next to your new ID in your Pro­file for 30 days. This will make it eas­i­er for your friends to notice your ID change. You can only select this option at the time you are chang­ing your online ID.

Q: How many times can I change my ID?

In gen­er­al, there are no restric­tions to the num­ber of times you can change your online ID.

Q: Can I revert back to my old ID?

You can as long as the old ID doesn’t vio­late the Terms of Ser­vice. You can revert back to any of your pre­vi­ous IDs by con­tact­ing PlaySta­tion Sup­port.

Q. Do I have to pay to revert back to an old ID?

No, revert­ing back is free.

Q: What happens to my old online ID? Can someone else take it?

No, your old online ID is only avail­able to you.

Q: If I change my online ID multiple times, can I revert back to any of my past IDs?

Yes, you can revert back to any of your pre­vi­ous online IDs, as long as those IDs do not vio­late the Terms of Ser­vice.

Q: How many times can I revert back to an old ID?

In gen­er­al, there are no restric­tions to the num­ber of times you can revert your online ID.

Q: Can any account change their online ID?

Child accounts can­not change their online ID.

Q: Do all games support online ID change?

A large major­i­ty of the most-played PS4 games that we test­ed sup­port the fea­ture. We rec­om­mend that you check this list of test­ed games before you make the actu­al change. PS3 and PS Vita games are not sup­port­ed.

Q. What do you mean by a game supports the online ID change if it was ‘originally published’ on or after April 1, 2018?

The game must have launched for the first time on or after April 1, 2018, to sup­port the online ID change fea­ture. 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. 

Q: Why is it that only games published after April 1, 2018 were developed to support online ID change?

Games pub­lished after this date were devel­oped using tools that sup­port online ID change at a sys­tem lev­el.

Q: Will all PS4 games released in the future support the feature?

All PS4 games orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished on or after April 1, 2018 have been devel­oped to sup­port the online ID change fea­ture, but we do not guar­an­tee that all games will ful­ly sup­port the fea­ture.

Q: I saw that there are a lot of potential issues and risks associated with changing my online ID. How do I know that I won’t run into these?

We rec­om­mend that you check this list of test­ed games before you make the actu­al change. A large major­i­ty of the most-played PS4 games that we test­ed sup­port the fea­ture, and we expect major issues to occur only in a small num­ber of games.

Q: What kind of issues could I potentially run into?

Below are some of the issues you may encounter. We expect major issues to occur only in a small num­ber of games.

  • Your pre­vi­ous Online ID may remain vis­i­ble to you and oth­er play­ers in some areas.
  • You may lose progress with­in games, includ­ing game saved data, leader­board data, and progress towards Tro­phies.
  • Parts of your game and appli­ca­tions may not func­tion prop­er­ly both online and offline.
  • You may lose access to con­tent (includ­ing paid-for con­tent) that you may have acquired for your games includ­ing con­tent like add-ons and vir­tu­al cur­ren­cy.

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

If you expe­ri­ence any issues while play­ing a game that is not on the list of test­ed games, we rec­om­mend that you revert back to your pre­vi­ous online ID that did not have those issues. Revert­ing back should resolve most issues.

Source: PlaySta­tion