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Allow changing PSN account region

Idea 63212 | Posted in by | September 20, 2012

What if I moved to other country and I don’t want to lose my acc? We should be allowed to change PSN acc region one time every year. Or at least buy some kind of ticket that allows us to change it.

 

34 Comments

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Loholt  |  September 29th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I’m brazilian. I created an portuguese (pt) account because PS Store BR was not avaible… the fact is: i want to keep my trophies.

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DonkeyKongKilla  |  December 13th, 2012 at 8:38 am

Seeing how, people in the US has EU accounts just to buy EU plus for the better retail games, I honestly don’t think you’d up and lose your account.

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Nymalith  |  May 20th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I agree, I recently moved from EU to NA and it’s a pain.
I have a 5-years old PSN account with all my trophies, tons of content and a PSN+ subscription (which means freebies and discounts) but the problem is, when I buy a game here I can’t access many things.

Some DLC and stuff I can buy from the NA store and use with my EU account, but some codes will only work on my NA account (had to do one to redeem things).
For example, just lately I bought Defiance Collector’s Edition and in the end HAD to play with my NA account to be able to use all the bonus content.

Also, me and my partner purchased 2 copies of LBP Karting, and guess what? We can’t play it together with our EU accounts (unable to join) = waste of money!

I understand switching regions can be laborious, but as someone mentioned, people DO move around the world for personal, study and business reason.
I’d happily pay a fee to switch region (that would refrain people doing it for “fun”) or somehow show that I actually moved (so my PSN move would be “legit” too).

I hope with PS4 this can become a possibility, but my hopes aren’t too high!
Thanks

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Nymalith  |  May 20th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Oh, add to it that when I buy a game with the PSVita version for it I can’t use it (not with my EU account and since I’m only allowed an account on the PSVita…), that’s such a waste and shame!

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ShaNym  |  June 3rd, 2013 at 8:44 am

Please do something about this!

I bought PS3 at day one in Europe and have had my account ever since.
I don’t want to lose all my gaming history, all my trophies (29 plats and more coming!) and all the content.

Do something for PS4, like the possibility to change region. The possibility to marge different region accounts (now I (need to) have an EU and a NA account and both with Plus!) or maybe the possibility to import information from a different region account.

I understand this may require some manual work and possibly not all content will be migrated but something (and at least all my gaming history / PLUS subscription) would be better than nothing.
This could be a pay-for service (in the 10$-40$ range) so people wouldn’t just do it carefree but only when they really need it.

I know not many people will need this, but that should make it even more manageable :)!!!

Thanks!

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i-XyQ  |  June 9th, 2013 at 11:04 am

I’d gladly buy a ticket which allows me to change my region! Hope sony makes this happen.
(Fingers crossed!)

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Neetsel  |  June 17th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

For work reason, I moved countries several times and it’s really a pain to deal with multiple accounts.

Please fix this for the PS4, and I’ll gladly buy one at launch.

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AddyGator86  |  June 24th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I recently moved from CA to US and am having this problem as well. Maybe putting a limit on how many times your allowed to switch would be a good idea? Or putting a time limit after each time you switch like they do for the complete system deactivation’s.

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Kilgore1987  |  June 25th, 2013 at 6:06 am

Sony really should provide a way to change region, even for a modest one time fee.

I’m quite tired of hearing people say that a region change option cannot be provided for reasons such as:

“DLC’s are region locked and so you cannot change your region”

If this is the case then Sony really did not think about the longevity of PSN.

Other online services i.e. Steam and even XBox Live allow region changes with little to no hassle.

I have been unable to change the region of my PSN account thus I have not purchased Playstation Plus.

I don’t see a reason for opening a new account and purchasing Playstation Plus for it when I want to use it’s features for my original account and not the new one.

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irish-sid  |  July 10th, 2013 at 9:32 am

I moved from the UK to Ireland and would’ve appreciated the option to change regions as my Irish Debit cards don’t work on my UK account.
But to save losing my user account I now use psn cards to get what I want. It’s cost them a bit of money because there have been quite a few impulse purchases I’ve wanted, but going through the hassle of buying a £20 card for a purchase put me off.
Paypal doesn’t seem to work either, tried it a few times.
Anyway, yeah, this would be a great feature, even if they limited it to changing it once every 6 months or something like the console activations.

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kilgore1897  |  July 21st, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Also the inability to change region will be a big problem for many people if PS4 is going to require a Playstation Plus subscription for multiplayer.

Think about it, I have spent 6 years earning all my trophies on an account on which I can’t play multiplayer. If I change accounts I start this all over again.

Come on Sony, change your region lock DLC policy and allow us your players to change our Regions, even if you charge us a one time fee of say $10 I and many others will pay it.

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Silverbridge2010  |  July 25th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

So one has used PSN for years, purchased a significant amount of games and now I move country and it is impossible to change country?!

Makes NO SENSE whatsoever. Can’t use my new debit and credit cards on the old account and the store is all messed up.

This has to be fixed and please well before PS4 is released, or does SONY seriously expect customers to give up years of trophies and downloaded content since they cannot be transferred to a new account?

This needs a fix and ASAP even if one has to pay for the service it needs to be implemented and resolved, please!

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AnthonyPower  |  August 28th, 2013 at 8:07 am

I’m moving from UK to Australia next year and want to take my PS3 with me but realise this will be a pain to manage accounts. I was hoping to buy a launch PS4 and take it with me too, but this puts me off. Xbox has account migration, maybe I’d be better of with an Xbox One..

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Dragonsylk  |  September 2nd, 2013 at 12:28 am

I’m also experiencing this issue. I moved from Canada to the US and now cannot purchase additional content for my games bought in Canada. I recently bought a vita in the US and it’s the same issue with that since I’m using my Canadian account on it. There should be a merge feature or a region change fee as people have suggested. This is something that should be fixed since it directly affects game quality and player experience. Reducing the functionality of the playstation simply because we live in a world where millions of people relocate seems archaic and like punishment for those of us that move due to circumstances unseen at the time of purchase. We have spent countless hours on our games and trophies and it is disappointing that Sony’s solution is to ‘start over’ with another account. I hope this issue is resolved before the playstation 4 is released since it will now also impact multiplayer experience and not just game content anymore.

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Lethal_Doze  |  September 5th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

it will not happen because Sony is simply incompetent whwn it comes to this whole network stuff, otherwise we’d have this by now.

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cip_cip_kurka  |  September 9th, 2013 at 10:06 am

Same here,

Moved from Sweden back to my home country Poland and I am stuck with Swedish account/location. I haven’t heard anything about fix in the next gen though:/

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VOfender  |  September 10th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Same here and once I’m thinking on buying the PS4 and to play online will require to have a PSN+, it would make more sense for me to change my account from PT to US since I’m leaving now in the US.

The fact of having two accounts and the PT one is the one that has all my trophies, I would like to keep using that one.

This may be a deal breaker, don’t know… Have to think since I would require for me to pay in Europe so that means that I need to transfer money from US to EU… No sense at all…

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Divonar  |  September 23rd, 2013 at 5:57 am

I’m moving oversea in couple weeks and found out that I can not change country on my PSN account, which mean I can not add new credit card of the new country I will be living in to buy games from PSN store.

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Sh1nzok  |  October 13th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Just make games EN/US instead of making drifferent versions like EN/UK or EU/GB or EU/DE.

Make the games EN/US and then just include the other languages like German / French / Chinese.

you know the main 5 languages they speak globally.

cause EN/US and EN/UK only difference is they have different price. EN = EN why even bother with making US/UK versions. We all speak and are able to read english.

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AaronSOLDIER  |  November 2nd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Until this happens, or the Vita allows multiple users/PSN accounts at once like on PS3, I can’t buy a Vita because I’d be limited to retail games (so no digital Vita, PSP, PS1 games etc.) would be a completely pointless purchase unless I can access the US Store.

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Abobkeralaghel  |  November 11th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

It’s not region lock in we
It’s ALL

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MungoMoss  |  November 12th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I’m not going to buy a PS4 until I can move my account country. I can’t even change my credit card country to buy new games or renew my PS Plus membership.
I know we’re in the minority Sony, but it can’t be that hard. Google and Amazon let me do it and update my credit cards to my new country, and I still spend my money with them because of it.

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G3TH_D  |  December 16th, 2013 at 4:24 am

I second MungoMoss, I’m not going to buy a PS4 until I can move my account country. I can’t even change my credit card country to buy new games or buy a plus membership in time for PS4 launch.

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Zietoun  |  March 24th, 2014 at 10:24 am

People travel. Sony needs to realize that fact.

I’m sick and tired of buying games and then finding out that any DLC or online redeemable codes in the case don’t work because of some archaic notion of regional restriction.

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PNHC_SMASHnGRAB  |  March 28th, 2014 at 10:53 am

I can’t believe Sony are not able to resolve this. Total pain for PS4 but just a nightmare for Vita.

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AaronSOLDIER  |  April 6th, 2014 at 10:50 am

Still can’t buy a Vita for digital games, I have the money, Sony so it’s up to you to either do this or make it like the PS3 with multiple accounts so I can play and earn trophies on my original account.

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imperiouxx  |  April 24th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I registered with UK account. Got some trophy, progress, games before moving to the US but it’s been pain seeing that all funds are in pound whereas I use dollar. Changing location is not an option, so I got to register another account with all my trophies, progress and games hanged in the other UK account. This drives me naught! :(

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KratosJad  |  April 27th, 2014 at 1:28 am

I found something for you guys, make a psn account using PC, replace yours with the new one and enjoy, make sure you put it on that new country and do not forget your old ID, I hope I helped a lot

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KratosJad  |  April 27th, 2014 at 1:28 am

I found something for you guys, make a psn account using PC, replace yours with the new one and enjoy, make sure you put it on that new country and do not forget your old ID, I hope I helped

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ExistUnExist  |  May 13th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

this might be a very late post, but it seems like everybody almost given up about this.

please don’t let this voting die… many people move around every year, and it is just cumbersome to always make new accounts.

forget psn account change for PS3, even for PS4 its the same thing now, and it is just pointless.

If you say that it is for security reasons, then if one is unable to change countries, it is pointless
If you say that it is to protect prices in the region for retail companies, with PS4, it is region free, meaning people can just buy them overseas when they travel, so it is pointless

the other problem is getting the managers and directors of different regions to start pushing for this solution, which is a problem. at the moment this blog is in U.S region, the petition has to be done also for all other regions.

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ExistUnExist  |  May 13th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

another problem: i don’t seem to be able to see blog share for all other region by the way..

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diSabLe7  |  May 17th, 2014 at 4:00 am

I actually set up my PSN account a long time ago (during PS3 days) in a country where I was based for work (not even my home country) and now I am stuck with it.

I cannot add any funds for my wallet. This just does not make any sense at all! I don’t want to lose all my purchases, my friends, my trophies, and the remaining funds in my wallet… What if someone travels a lot for work? Do they need to have several accounts with funds and PS+ accounts running on all of them?

Oh and please don’t justify it by saying that “it’s for security or legal reasons” because people can just go around those by using different accounts to make purchases in other stores (just takes a PSN card).

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diSabLe7  |  May 17th, 2014 at 4:09 am

I can’t believe I’m saying this, as I’m a big PS fan, but I’m really starting to regret buying a PS4 because of Sony’s brilliant PSN policies.