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Changing Your PS4 PSN ID Causes Issues With These Games

Tread carefully.


PlayStation fans can rejoice, as the much-requested PSN ID change feature is finally live on PS4. Changing your PSN ID is free for the first time; each subsequent change will cost $10 / £8, while PS Plus subscribers get a reduction to $5 / £4. The news is good, but there's a catch: not every PS4 game might will play nicely with your new ID, and in some cases, the problems could be significant.

As stated on the PlayStation Blog, "As a result of the preview program, we've found an instance where a game did not fully support the feature." Sid Shuman, PlayStation's director of social media, clarified that any game published on or after April 1, 2018 should support the feature. However, not every one of these games has been specifically tested with the feature implemented, so releasing after that date is not a complete guarantee of an issue-free experience. There is an extensive list of games tested with no issues, including heavy hitters like Fortnite and Destiny 2. PS3 and Vita games don't support name changes at all.

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Sony has also provided a tentative list of games that could present issues for those who change their PSN IDs. Sony says a "large majority of most actively played PS4 games support the feature," and while you can rollback the change, you'll want to be aware of the potential for issues. Sony specifically recommends checking "all" of your games after a name change and requesting a rollback by contacting customer service if you do have issues.

There are two ways to change your PSN ID: on the PS4 itself or via a web browser. Once you've done so, be mindful when jumping into the games below, which are separated into those that have been found to have issues and those with "critical issues."

Games With Issues Identified

Changing your PSN ID may cause the previous ID to remain visible or disappear entirely, user accounts to unlink, and settings to return to default in these games. Sony suggests that signing out and signing back in should resolve these non-critical issues.

  • 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

Changing your PSN ID may cause you to lose progress and/or in-game currency in these games. Additionally, some parts of the game may function properly. Sony doesn't recommend changing your ID if you want to keep entitlements and Trophies as it's "possible to incur permanent game errors or data loss."

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

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