PlayStation Users Aren’t Happy With PSN Name Change Fine Print
PlayStation has long been missing the ability to change account usernames, an exclusion that’s left many to begrudgingly accept their fated handles of yesteryear. However, Sony’s recent announcement of a PSN name change feature had many excited and eager to alter their Online ID namesakes, but the bubbly fervor ended upon learning the essential fine print.
A user on Twitter who goes by “9Volt” shined a little light on the underlying guidelines, and they don’t exactly seem appetizing. Changing one’s PSN name actually has quite a few compatibility issues with current and last-gen consoles. Among the most bold drawbacks include sudden loss of saves and trophy data as well as access issues with past downloadable content.
does anyone actually hate their PSN ID enough to do this? pic.twitter.com/bDTymXUP9S
— 9 V O L T (@9_volt_) October 23, 2018
Reaction to the above news was predictably skeptical of whether changing an already-established username would be ultimately worth the trouble. The possible prospect of having digital content and save progress effectively locked away would seem to be a real deal-breaker for many gamers.
— Blue Angel 👑👑 (@Sweet_Angel954) October 23, 2018
although the last point may be a dealbraker for trans people (at least for me it would)
— okaasan online (@mahou_jojo) October 23, 2018
like how do you not, at the VERY least, have a way to transfer add-on licenses over to a new ID.
— Squish-or-Treat (@SquishVix) October 23, 2018
These potential problems were laid out in Sony’s original PSN name change blog post, but this added context makes the risk nonetheless real for many who’d wish to utilize the feature. Some people with especially embarrassing and/or offensive handles may find the complicated guidelines worth the jump, but others might rather continue biting the bullet if it means keeping their usual gaming experience intact.
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