How Much Is Your PSN User ID Name Worth Changing?

A good name defines you.

We have seen it in movies, music and even video games. The Hero's always have the coolest names, like Nathan Drake, Lara Croft, Ryu Hayabusa, Obi Wan Kenobi and even the incredibly awesome Solid Snake to name but a few. These names sound cool, intriguing, even funny, making us wish we thought of it first. Unfortunately for thousands of PSN members stuck with User ID names they can't change like Manboobs_101. would like to know how much is your PSN User ID name worth changing?

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henrythomas2841595d ago (Edited 1595d ago )

LMAO @manboobs_101. I really like my PSN user ID name so I wouldn't change it, especially since I have had it for soooooo long, but I can definitely understand the needs of those who wish to change it. I guess $15-20 dollars is reasonable if Sony was to implement this feature.

patelsanjeed1595d ago

Dude are you talking about a one time name change fee? Cause $15 to $20 dollars each time is way too much to pay for changing a User name.
I wish Sony would allow gamers to change user id's I rushed to choose my name when I first joined the network and I have a few awesome ideas for names if only Sony would let us change old ID's.

Sony please do this pleeeeeaaaasse

henrythomas2841595d ago

This is why I think, 15-20 dollars is too low. The fact you have ideas for many names, sounds like someone looking to abuse the system. I think Sony are trying to avoid this happening. As the article suggest you could opt into using your real name instead on the PS4. That what I would do, if I hated my psn user id name.

iamnsuperman1595d ago (Edited 1595d ago )

I think it needs to be around £10. It is expensive to deter people from doing it all the time (huge pain in the arse for Sony) but it isn't that expensive that people just don't bother

Boody-Bandit1595d ago

Yeah that is kind of high but it doesn't effect me because I will never change my name for PSN, XBL STEAM and I'm hoping they never try to get me to change it. For some reason youtube made me change it so I just dropped my account and didn't create a new one.

CyrusLemont1595d ago (Edited 1595d ago )

What is with this my way or the highway attitude, where changing usernames can only exist if its monetised or no deal. That's a ridiculous mentality when it can be much simpler and fairer to the customer.

If you want to prevent users from constantly changing their username, allow them to only be able to change it once every 365 days. Consequently, your old username can become open to anyone who wants it.

Boom, problem solved.

nix1595d ago

thank god i learnt the value of right username while creating my first email id. i thought well and reserved the the right username. there was a time before PS3 came out that one can book the username. i did it around that time.

Giul_Xainx1595d ago

I chose my name and I stand by it. I am my own character in my own game. A name change? I don't feel the need to change it now. Hopefully I never will.

Panthers1594d ago

Thats about how much it is in WoW to name change. Seems apropriate.

I have an original name (no funny characters or numbers in my name) so I have no desire to change it. Had it since PS3 released.

SolidStoner1594d ago

I need a country change option.. since i cant register my real country in PSN.. sadly SONY still dont support even Europe! I feel sad for the rest of the world.. Latvia is the place Im from if you dont believe me.. all Baltic's are not supported! :( wrong flag everywhere and PSN store buying problems.. still in 2014... well thats sad! :( user name change could also be a good thing.. maybe there would be more normal names!

Mainman1594d ago

I'm good with my PSN name, but I really wish Sony will allow deletion of Trophy's though.

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showtimefolks1595d ago (Edited 1595d ago )

$20-$25 for those who wish to change it. Make it expensive enough to where people won't change them on weekly bases. Its one of the most over rated things ever, why did you pick a stupid name to begin with?

i would never pay a cent to change my psn-ID because i thought about the name before just type in something that i would have hated later on


I agree 100%, if its like @4 bucks than people will just abuse the system


okay i get that, than how about a system where your first change ID is free under psn_plus, but anything after that is expensive. So it will allow people to invest into psn-plus instead of paying $20-25 just for change ID.

I hope sony has a system something that works in both for gamers and sony, but i also hope next time people choose their ID's with some thought process.

iamnsuperman1595d ago

I was young, naive and I just wanted to get online quickly. So my name sucks. It isn't even offensive or anything. Just plain and boring with no relation to my name or any other username I use online.

InTheLab1595d ago

So I chose my psnID 8 years ago when I was in my 20's. I'm older now and want something to reflect who I am now versus who I was. The fact that Sony hasn't allowed name changes is ridiculous.

@Yosp has changed his twitter handle to Brohei Broshida to promote that indie game. Imagine if Twitter refused to allow him to go back to Shu and he's stuck with what he has.

People change and Sony should allow for name changes.

Porcelain_Chicken1595d ago (Edited 1595d ago )

"why did you pick a stupid name to begin with? "

Sorry for BEING 15 AT THE TIME!!! lol. I picked my name really liking it. But apparently to alot of people it sounds feminine (,_, ). So i get confused for being a girl alot. It's really awkward. There's been a few times where guys don't believe i'm a dude and continue to hit on me and ask for my age, name & a topless pic... SO THAT'S WHY!


I agree wtih Patelsanjeed. $15-20 is highway robbery just for the ability to change a username. I remember when i first saw that xbox charged $10 to change a username, i was appalled.

changing ID's should cost no more than around 5 to 10 dollars tops.

InTheLab1595d ago

I actually think they should allow a one time change for free. You know how many McLovins I run into on any given day?

Rodney251595d ago

Rodtastic25 sounds like a porn star name

CaptainFaisal1595d ago

I would pay 10$ , Microsoft charge 800MP

MysticStrummer1595d ago

I wouldn't pay more than $5, and I'd have to think about that.

smt_Nocturne1595d ago

i'll never change my PSN ID.
i got a decent name and a lot of trophies "Majestic-Man".

lilbrat231595d ago

Yes my name is VERY Cool Lara :-D

ShadowKingx1595d ago

i think 10 bucks is fair enough IMO and i would not mind if they made it free either the first time or a certain amount of time when they launch it.

sanosukegtr1231595d ago

say what, that's kind of dumb to pay to change your user name. You should be giving a chance to change your user name and once its been change there's no going back.

ovnipc1595d ago

Should be $10 like xbox. Usually Sony its cheaper than ms. And $20 to change psn id its way to much.

Back-to-Back1594d ago

People wanting to pay money just to for Sony to do a simple update to their database has me on the floor dying of laughter.

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no_more_heroes1595d ago

It would be nice to use the same name that I have on XBL. I didn't make it so originally because I changed my gamertag twice before being satisfied with my current one. One ID across everything.

Gamertag: XalechimThe14th

ArronNelson1595d ago

I think this is a great idea, but can't see Sony or Microsoft, coming together to ever making this happen.The funniest PSN name i have seen was FrodoTeabaggins.


no_more_heroes1595d ago

I actually meant just changing my PSN ID to the name I use on XBL, but yeah, that idea would make this whole "console war" BS 10 times worse lol!

JBSleek1595d ago

Why do people think MS and Sony can come together to collaborate they have for years on laptops. They are business partners as well not just enemies. Also this function doesn't hurt either one.

ThanatosDMC1595d ago

^You have to know that someone's Live account name might be all ready taken by someone else's PSN name. They cant make them all compatible. Someone has my PSN name as their Live name.

STK0261595d ago (Edited 1595d ago )

I believe both League of Legends and Microsoft's Xbox Live allow name-changing for about 10$, if Sony decides to allow it, I'd say 10$ would seem like a good price.

As for those fearing an abuse of the system, at 10$ it hasn't been abused on either Live or LoL; I don't see why it needs to be 20$ on the PSN. And it's a system likely to be used by clans, asking for 20$+ for a new clan member to add a tag to his name seems excessive.

Also, since it would most likely be an automated system, it isn't an issue for Sony, even if some users were to change their PSN ID multiple times a days. It would simply be an easy cash grab.

danny8181595d ago

I hate the fact that im still not able to change my psn name... Sony let me know when you want to make some money

AnotherProGamer1595d ago

why can't it be free like steam?

showtimefolks1595d ago

oh yeh let's make it free so people can change names 10 times daily. Maybe 1st time should be free but it should cost like $2025 so people won't abuse the system

EcoSos31595d ago

What!!??? $2025 dollars to change your id that's I

LordSane1595d ago

@showtimefolks, It's not a problem on Steam so why should it be problem on PSN, are you saying that PSN users less mature than Steam users?

showtimefolks1595d ago


yes for sure and that's coming from a console gamer. PC gamers for most part are a mature crowd but not o much for consoles.

like i said every should get one free name change but after that it requires some money. Atleast $10 like xblive.

with that free name change everyone can change names that want to, but 2nd name change is $10, 3rd is $15 and so on

but that's just my opinion

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thehobbyist1594d ago

Because PSN doesn't have the same level of security steam does. Being able to change your name multiple times in quick succession can(And has) been used to speed hack. Which is never fun for whomever is in charge of network security.