It’s confirmed — Playstation 4 software revision 6.10 will introduce, for the first time, the ability to change your Playstation Network ID name. It’s been a demanded feature for ages, but unlike their competition, Sony’s never allowed it.
Unfortunately, we may be finding out why. E-mails are now being sent out to random PSN users to test the feature, and they’re receiving a LOT of warnings ahead of time.
Not all games and applications for the PS4™, PS3™, PS Vita, and other PlayStation® systems support the Online ID change feature.
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 may not function properly, both online and offline.
Your previous Online ID(s) may remain visible to you and other players in some places.
Well, that’s just terrific. But this time, it may not completely be Sony’s fault. As this notice implies, thousands of games have now been released for Sony’s system, and since the majority were produced by third-party developers, Sony can’t ensure compatibility with EVERY game engine out there.
Part of this IS on Sony for not allowing the feature in the beginning. But now the responsibility has been passed onto game makers to patch their past games to allow for PSN ID name changes. Some may not bother.