Sony is finally allowing users to change their embarrassing PlayStation IDs, and here’s how you can do it.
Your first username change will be free, according to PlayStation Blog, but each subsequent name change will incur a $10 fee.
So, if you don’t want to go by “Straight_Edge_Hardcore_2015” anymore, for example, there are two ways to do it — through your console or via a web browser. If you want to change your PSN ID through your PlayStation 4, you must go to your console's settings and go to "Account Management." There should be a few options, but you'll want to look for "Account Information." After that, you must find "Profile" and then "Online ID." The rest is pretty straight forward. You will create a new name or choose a premade option and then just follow the on-screen prompts until it is complete.
If you'd rather do it through a web browser, that's OK too. The process is pretty similar. First, you must go to SonyEntertainmentNetwork.com. After that, you will have to sign into your account and find "PSN Profile" in the menu. Beside your ID, there will be a button that says "Edit." From there, much like the console option, you can create a new name or use a pre-made option from Sony. Then you just have to follow a few on-screen prompts and you've got yourself a new username.
To make the transition easier for friends, you can choose to have your old embarrassing name appear next to your new one for 30 days. It's optional, but this way, everyone will still be able to recognize you.
If you decide to go back to your old ID, you're in luck. Sony is allowing users to revert to the original ID free of charge. However, the original name cannot violate PlayStation Network's terms of service. Your previous name is saved to your account, so you won't have to worry about losing it if you get cold feet. This is true for any name change you choose.
Now, it's important to note that this can only be done with PlayStation 4 User IDs. PlayStation 3 or Vita names do not have this option. Not only that, but not every game supports this feature, and some have major issues when name changes occur.
Sony released a list so users can see if their decision will impact any of their old games. For example, titles like Little Big Planet 3 and MLB: The Show 14, 15, and 16 have experienced issues. Users could lose in-game currency or progress and could have other functioning issues. So, before you make the jump, you'll definitely want to double-check that the change won't impact your gaming experience.