PSN Name Changes Disclaimers Are Making Fans Angry, Not What They Had in Mind


Sony recently announced that they are going to start a beta phase for allowing players to change their PSN IDs finally. The beta invites have been started reaching people and it looks like fans of the much-anticipated feature are not very happy after looking what is written in the Disclaimer of the new feature.

The firmware update 6.10 will introduce the much awaited PSN name change feature to selected people around the world who have started getting invites already. However, after reading the disclaimer, they found out that all is not nice in the world of changeable PSN IDs.

Sony’s says that this feature will not be supported on all PS3 and PS Vita games and even some PS4 games will not support this feature. This is not the end to the list of possible problems with the features. Sony also says that there will be more errors in certain games as well however they cannot be pointed out at this time.

Players have been reporting on ResetEra and Twitter about the problems coming with the PSN ID change feature ever since reading the disclaimers. Some of these errors include players losing their progress in games which is not limited to just losing Saved Files as well. Players may also lose trophy and leaderboard progress as well.

Apart from this the most alarming thing is that Sony even says that in some cases, players will even lose purchased content for certain games which include DLC packs and in-game currency which is not acceptable by any means. This will most likely occur in games which do not support this feature.

The complete list of disclaimers has been detailed below for your review.

  • Your previous Online ID(s) may remain visible to you and other players in some places.
  • Parts of your games and applications might not function properly, both online and offline.
  • Not all games and applications for PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and other PlayStation systems support the Online ID change feature.
  • You may lose your progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data and progress toward trophies.
  • If you change your Online ID, you may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you have acquired for your games, including content like add-ons and virtual currency.

This is not even the complete list of the disclaimers mentioned by Sony in the update. The first PSN ID change might be free but the number of problems and errors that will follow the name change might be the cause of loss of much more than the cost of reverting back to the original ID.

Even commenting on reverting back to the original ID, Sony claims that things might not go back to normal even if players change back to their original IDs after making a switch. Some of these disclaimers make us want to stick with our many year-old IDs which have our saved files, trophy information and other user data.

There has been no confirmation by Sony that these errors will stay in the Beta or will carry on to the update even when the feature is taken out of beta and released to the general public next year.

We will have to wait for more information to be revealed by Sony on this so keep checking back for more.

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Founder of GamesHedge, Umair enjoys a wide variety of video games ranging from RPGs to racing games. Currently busy with The Crew Motorfest and Kingdom Rush 5: Alliance.

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