PSN Name Change Feature is Now Live But There are Some Troublemakers

It’s finally time, PS4’s most requested PSN name/ID change feature is now rolling out. You can now change your embarrassing old PlayStation Network id for free the first time. Any alterations after that will cost you $10/£8 and $5/£4 for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

PlayStation users are very happy with this new name change feature. Though Sony doesn’t want users to try out this feature directly without knowing the consequences. It’s because not every PlayStation 4 game is going to support this feature. Problems might occur in some selected few games and in some cases, you might even lose your previous records, purchases and more.

PlayStation said in its recent Blog, “As a result of the preview program, we’ve found an instance where a game did not fully support the feature.” It further mentions that every game published for the PlayStation 4 system on or after April 1, 2018, should support the new feature. However, not every game is tested yet thus the company doesn’t guarantee that the feature will work with almost every game published after March 2018.

To make things clear, Sony Interactive Entertainment has provided a list of games that have been reported to not have any conflicts with the new feature. There’s also a list of games with issues identified and some games which are tested to have critical issues. We will be discussing the games with issues below.

Games with Issues Identified
These issues include your previous PSN ID to stay visible or completely disappear from games including from areas like in-game rankings, leaderboards, etc. User accounts can be also unlinked and your game settings might turn to default. Sony advises the affected users to sign out and sign in to solve these issues. You can check the list of games with issues below.

  • Absolver: Downfall
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
  • Big City Stories
  • Bloodborne
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Crossout
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
  • Dark Souls III
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • FIFA 17 Standard Edition
  • Gauntlet: Slayer Edition
  • God Eater 2 Rage Burst
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Gundam Versus
  • Guns Up!
  • Injustice 2 – Standard Edition
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • MLB The Show 17
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Storm Trilogy
  • Naruto Storm: Road to Boruto Expansion
  • NBA 2K19
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • Rock Band 4
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition – Remastered
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Titanfall 2
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Trove
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • UNO
  • Warframe
  • WipEout Omega Collection

Games With Critical Issues
These games have been tested and can cause major data loss in case of a PS4 name change. Players can lose in-game currency whether paid or not. Other tested issues include loss of game progress, including scores and trophy unlock progress. Moreover, some of the game’s part will not function properly. Sony doesn’t recommend users to change their names if their game is mentioned in the list below.

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

Sony will be testing more games by time and will be adding them to lists above. In short, you can play any of the recently released new games without facing any big problems.

As for how to change PSN name, PlayStation Network users can do it via a web browser or PlayStation 4 itself. You can go to [Account Management] > [Account Information] > [Profile] > [Online ID], then enter your desired online id and follow on-screen instructions to complete the change.