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PSN ID Changes Are Finally Live, But With Some BIG Caveats

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PlayStation gamers have been waiting ages for the ability to change their PSN ID, with Sony finally announcing last year that the feature was coming soon. Well, it has officially gone live today, giving those who have grown tired (or embarrassed) of their current ID the ability to finally fix that.

Sony made things official over on the PlayStation Blog, where they also broke down what you need to do in order to change your current ID. Thankfully, it really isn’t all that complicated. The process is detailed below:

How to Change PSN ID

On your PS4 go to settings > Account Management > Account Information > Profile > Online ID. You’ll then be able to select PSN Profile and then edit to change your current ID. If you’d rather take care of things through your web browser, then you can just use this link. A cool feature included is the ability to display your old name next to your new one for 30 days, which allows your friends to see that you’ve changed IDs and know who you are.

If you’re wondering what the restrictions are, you’ll be happy to know that this whole thing works very similarly to how it does over on the Xbox consoles. Your first name change is absolutely free, though each subsequent name change will cost $9.99. Still, you’ll be able to revert back to previous names at no charge at any time. As an added bonus, PS Plus members will be able to change their names for just $4.99 after the initial free one.

As was alluded to in the title, however, there are some big caveats that come with utilizing this new feature. First up we have the fact that only games published after April 1, 2018 are fully supported, though now Sony is claiming there are rare instances where that might not be the case. Anything prior to that comes with a laundry list of issues, which are the following:

-Your previous Online ID may remain visible to you and other players in some areas.

-You may lose progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies.

-Parts of your game and applications may not function properly both online and offline.

-You may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you may have acquired for your games including content like add-ons and virtual currency.

While it’s cool to finally have access to this feature, the issues that come with it are too steep for me to consider taking the plunge. I’m happy enough with my PSN ID, and wouldn’t risk losing game progress, games not playing correctly or even losing content. This won’t be as big of an issue for new PSN gamers, but for those who have been on it for nearly a decade the price is too steep.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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