With the PlayStation 5 just a few days away from launch, now is a good time to just take stock of your PlayStation Network account and be sure you know what is coming with you when you make the console transition. The good news is that you lose nothing when moving over your account, with Sony offering easy ways to do so, too.
Pretty much all your need to do on the PlayStation 5 to bring over your PSN account is log in. You can do this by entering your PSN username and password (and entering any two-factor authentication codes you should be using), or you can make use of Sony’s recently revamped PlayStation app. Just download the app onto a smartphone or tablet, log in using your credentials and hit “Sign in on PS5”. Your PS5 will provide you with a QR code that you can scan with the app to log you in instantly. This will take out most of the headaches and should have you signed in and ready to go in a matter of seconds.
This might be obvious, but you don’t need to create a new PSN account to change your Online ID. Doing so will lock you out of content stored on your existing PSN account, such as games and content purchases. Instead, you can edit your Online ID just like you can on PS4. Your first change will be free, but Sony will charge you for any changes thereafter.
When moving your account over to your PS5, you bring everything over with you. That means any games and DLC purchases you’ve made, as well as any music and video content you might have purchased. Your account will also bring along your friends lists, trophies, and any funds you might still have in your PSN wallet. Basically, you’re losing nothing, except for any unsupported PS4 games, but that list is very small. These can be stored on an external drive if you wish to save extra space for PS5 games on the system’s internal NVMe SSD.
For more on Sony’s latest console, check out our PS5 review, along with our Astro’s Playroom review and Spider-Man: Miles Morales review.
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