The PlayStation Network’s PSN ID Change Is Here, But There Are Some Issues

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The PSN ID Change is here, but not without a few hitches.
The PSN ID Change is here, but not without a few hitches. Sony

PlayStation 4 gamers have been asking for it for a long time, and the PlayStation Network has finally delivered. Yesterday, Sony rolled out its highly-anticipated ID Change feature for PSN, allowing players to change their PlayStation IDs for the first time since the service was announced. Changing your PSN ID for the first time will be free of charge, but each subsequent name change will set players back $10. Users subscribed to PS Plus will be able to get a discount on the ID Change feature and pay only $5 each time after the first.

While it’s a welcome addition to the available features on PSN (and one that fans have been clamoring for for years) it’s not without its issues and drawbacks. PlayStation representatives have announced that the PSN ID Change may not be compatible with every PS4 game - understandable, considering there are thousands of games on PlayStation 4. Specifically, any game published after April 1, 2018 should have no trouble nor have any compatibility issues with the PSN ID Change. However, that doesn’t mean that any game published before that date will have compatibility issues.

Devs are taking it on a case-by-case basis, and Sony has released a tentative list of games that could potentially have issues with the Name Change feature. You can view the list of potentially problematic games here. Some games have been reported to have minor issues - names disappearing, accounts becoming unlinked, and game preferences resetting to defaults - but others have showed to have more significant problems. In a handful of games, the PSN ID Change may potentially cause players to lose progress or lose in-game currency, even those purchased for real money. Since we here at Player.One like to look out for our fellow gamers, here are some of the games that are known to cause critical errors with the PSN ID Change, according to the official PSA:

  • Disc Jam
  • Everybody's Golf
  • Just Dance 2017
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • MLB 14 The Show
  • MLB The Show 16
  • MLB® The Show 15
  • The Golf Club 2
  • Worms Battlegrounds

What do you think about the issues with the PSN ID Change? We realize it’s a little bit bittersweet, especially for PS4 users who are fans of the games in the ‘Critical Issues’ list. Do you think Sony should be doing more to make the new feature compatible with these titles? Or is the PSN ID Change just too good to pass up? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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