Sony saw a ton of positive responses when it announced a feature that would allow users to finally change their PSN ID online, but now it doesn’t seem like a feature because it could erase user data and even the paid content.
Sony has apparently started sending out email invitations to the PSN ID change beta, but only to UK users for now. Some may see this as preferential treatment, but the proper words should be mistreatment of anyone who dares to change their ID card.
According to a report on PlayStation Brahs, Sony has
that not all games and applications for PS4, PS3, PS Vita and other PlayStation systems will support the online ID change function. Sure, that still doesn’t sound so bad, but here are the real kickers – you may lose access to content you’ve acquired for your games, including add-ons and virtual currency.
This one might be the worst offender, but it would also hurt if you ever boot up your PS4 and find you’ve lost your Witcher 3 save data that you spent hundreds of hours on, leaderboards in Fortnite and trophy progression in just about any game. Yes, this can also happen if you change your ID. On top of all these issues, “parts of your games and apps may not work properly, both online and offline” should be a real icing on the failure cake that Sony is trying to feed you.
So, let’s hypothetically assume that you are desperate to change your previous online ID and are willing to risk everything to have a different name. That should solve some of your problems, right? Wrong. Apparently, your previous online ID may still appear for you and other players in some places.
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Surely such horrible service should not be charged for. Still wrong. Players will be able to change their ID once for free, but will have to pay $9.99/€9.99/£7.99 for each change thereafter. You’d think tagging an account with a different name wouldn’t be much of a problem, but the folks at Sony may have dropped the ball.