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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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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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