Recently, PlayStation put in to motion the ability to change your PSN ID with the firmware update 6.10 which is currently being beta tested by select users. I was lucky enough to be one of those users. Though I wasn’t as gung-ho with changing my ID as some of the people are out there simple due to the warnings PlayStation listed along with the fear I could lose access to any of my games or DLC across 3 platforms.
Everyone likely remembers the ominous warning that was going around with the PSN ID change. Losing access to DLC, Paid Content and more can definitely be something that would make a person think thrice about chancing it. In fact, I was very much thinking that I didn’t want to risk it myself. I was happy with the name I had chosen in 2013 and was content to just leave it that way. However, I was thinking “what good is it for me to be a part of the beta and not utilize the new features”. I felt it would be somewhat irresponsible of me to allow this beta to go by and not be able to tell the readers what issues, if any that I encountered. After all, that is what I created this site for, to speak to gamers straight from a gamers perspective.
With all that being said, I first want to explain to you why I was so worried about changing my ID. As many of you know, I am a huge trophy hunter. I have a total of eight PSN accounts across 8 different regions counting my home region of North America as one of the eight. Within those 8 accounts, I have amassed quite the digital collection over the time. Since the first time I booted up my launch PS4 in December of 2013, I have managed to purchase 946 games. That is a LOT of games that I own not to mention all the DLCs for a ton of those games too. On my primary account I have 826 games purchased alone. This took a while for me to consider if it would be worth me taking the risk and I ultimately decided it was.
There are a couple of different ways to get to the area where you can change your online ID but for this I will focus on the quickest way. You will need to go to your profile on the XMB menu and then select the ellipsis > edit profile > Online ID. Once you click there is where you will have to accept the different warnings which are letting you know the information posted above. Once you accept the terms you will be taken to a place where you will be given a list of suggested names or you can type one in to see if it’s available. Once you have your new ID picked you will press OK and at that point you will get to decide if you want to display your old ID next to your new one for 30 days to allow your friends list to know that you’ve changed and what your new online ID is. I chose this option because I wanted to see how it looked and given the other option is just to display your new ID only it would have just been what it already was looks wise except with your new online ID. As you can see from the picture above (left) that my ID is listed as MyPlanetPS_Kyle (RAMB0_ALLSTAR). I have also changed the ID for the remaining 7 accounts I have as well and I am proud to say that I have not noticed one single issue with my content.
I know this doesn’t mean definitively that there will be no issues at all if you change your ID, but it’s a good indication that there won’t be. If I can change my online ID on all 8 accounts and still have access to my 946 games along with the DLC that I’ve purchased with them, then it’s pretty safe to say that you will be ok with your name change. I have even signed on to the PS3 and PS Vita and still have access to those games as well. The ONLY issue that I ran in to was with psnprofiles.com, it simply was not updating to show my new ID and couldn’t find my old one. This really had me worried I screwed something up but I went ahead and created a new account with them using my new ID and everything worlds fine with it as well.
Now obviously I, like PlayStation, cannot guarantee that you will not have issues if you change your ID as likely everyone will be different. I just wanted to try it out and give some people who were thinking about the peace of mind that it didn’t affect any of my 946 games nor any of the saves I have across PS4/PS3/Vita. With what you have read here will you be changing your ID when the service is live in 2019 or are you completely satisfied with the name you have chosen? Would love to hear what you will be doing in the comments below. I do read them and will respond.Follow Us On Social Media
I am a gamer of over 30+ years. I started back when the PONG console was out and have been gaming ever since. I primarily play on PS4 but also do play on Xbox One as well. I am a husband and a father of 5, along with a beautiful granddaughter whom we are adopting. Life is great and gaming is too. (PSN ID: RAMB0_ALLSTAR)