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PSN Online ID Change Has Problems Related to Loss of Save Data and Paid DLC

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A few weeks ago Sony confirmed that, after 12 years, PSN IDs can be modified and users can decide if they want to keep the original name they registered on the platform or change it to a more suitable one. The announcement indicated that the option will be available as of 2019 but that it could be tested this year as part of the PlayStation Preview Program. Well, shortly after the release of the 6.10 update, Sony updated the information related to the implementation and there are very important details to take into account.

As we inform you, when Sony confirmed the implementation of the ID change in PSN and its testing phase in a Beta of the Preview Program, it was reported that the action could result in some problems for the gaming experience, in addition to not guaranteeing the operation of the modification in PS3 and PS Vita and announcing that the best result would be obtained in the most recent PS4 titles.

Well, thanks to the reports of some users in ResetEra, it was learned that Sony began by sending emails to invite players to the test of the update 6.10 where you can make the change of ID. As a result, users noticed that the company updated some details regarding the Beta of the ID modification and the complications that the action could cause. According to the information provided by the players, the warning refers to the following:

• 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.
• You may lose your progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data and progress toward trophies.
• Parts of your games and applications might not function properly, both online and offline.
• Your previous Online ID(s) may remain visible to you and other players in some places.

Finally, Sony confirmed that in case of any error, it will be possible to return to the previous PSN ID but the action can only be made once without charge, because, as the name change, it will only be free for one occasion. However, the company also reported that this procedure could yield unexpected results and it is possible that the return to the previous ID does not repair the problems caused.

So, it seems that for the moment it’s best to wait for the official launch of the option to change ID on PlayStation Network in 2019.