You’ll no longer catch an instaban for giving your PSN ID a potentially offensive name, as Sony plans to check each case individually.
Giving yourself a rude or offensive PlayStation Network ID will no longer result in an instant ban on PlayStation 4, and instead your ID will be automatically replaced with a placeholder name.
Then, once Sony staff have manually checked whether the name really is against their terms of service policy or not, you’ll be given the option of changing it to something more suitable.
The change of heart is the frequency with which innocent mistakes, including unintended word formations (pen retailer Penisland.net will forever be the best example of that), were being banned without due process.
So if you’ve been taking advantage of the ability to change your PSN ID and find your username suddenly changes to Temp1234, or similar, then don’t worry (unless you really are a bigot, obviously).
Anyone who’s flagged as having a problem will have the option to either revert to their original PSN ID, if they had one, or switch to another free of charge.
What will happen if you’re caught trying to register a name that is intentionally offensive is unclear, but we imagine the worst cases will still end up with a ban.
Although the long-promised ability to change your PSN ID has been warmly welcomed by most it’s not as straightforward as many will have hoped.
Many games do not react well to your name being changed and in the most extreme cases you can lose save progress or in-game currency, as detailed here.
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