Sony promised last fall that, at some point in 2019, users of the Playstation Network (PSN) would be allowed to change their screennames at last. Today is the day — the option is a go! Up to this point, the name you entered as your Playstation Network ID was the one you would have forever, unless you were willing to start over and lose all the digital games and cloud saves tied to that account.

Why didn’t Sony allow name changes from the get-go? Because it apparently isn’t as simple to implement as it appears. Since they didn’t build this feature in from the beginning, every game produced before April 1, 2018 does not natively support it. Thus, some games will use your older screenname as a bug, some will lose game progress or in-game currency, or in the worst-case scenario, a handful of titles won’t work with the name change at all:

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

Notice that several of these were published by Sony themselves. It’s up to every third party to untangle the mess a screenname change could cause, and not even Sony knows how to completely fix it.

It’s Sony’s faux pas that they didn’t simply let people change PSN names to begin with. The “fix” is hardly a flawless solution, but we suppose if you picked “XXXMuffinStud420XXX” back in 2013, it’s better than nothing.