This is a gripe I’ve had with Sony PlayStation for almost 10 years now. I’m originally from Belgium, and when I got my first PlayStation 3, I obviously created the PSN account with all information from Belgium. Because that’s the country where I lived.
There is this article : Changing Country
You can’t change the country of your account, because PlayStation believes this will add issues with content….Like seriously? We’re in 2020, and if I want to make the choice of changing the region/country of my account, I want to be able to do so, even if that means I will loose access to content.
“PlayStation Store content from other regions may not be compatible with your PlayStation system region code and would mean that you cannot download your purchases.”
PlayStations are region free to begin with….
“Downloadable game add-ons are region locked, so if you have a disc from a country other than the country in which your account was created you will find that you cannot download DLC for that title from PlayStation Store in your country.”
Which is just a field in your database, change the country and update that field as well for every purchase I’ve made….
“Content may not be available in your language in another country’s PlayStation Store.”
Give me an example, like seriously?
“You can only view videos purchased or rented in the country in which your account was created due to either licensing or certification restrictions.”
“here could be authorisation problems with using credit or debit cards.”
That’s a co-out excuse and you know it. Credit and Debit cards can be used world-wide without issue.
“You would experience difficulty using PlayStation Network top up vouchers.”
No, exactly because I cannot change my country, I am experiencing difficulties. If I want to top up my current account I either need to travel to Belgium and buy top-up vouchers specifically for Belgium, or I need to use a Belgian Credit Card.
I cannot use PayPal either since the country is verified there as well. So what additional difficulty can you impose that tops the current BS I need to deal with?
PlayStation’s recommendation : Create a new account
Yeah, because I totally want to lose all my purchases, trophies, and friends I have on my current account just to access something from the current country, or to just even be able to purchase my PlayStation Plus Subscription.
It even gets worse. My wife also has a PSN account, and we cannot set up the family accounts because their countries are different. Another feature completely locked out and useless because of this insane policy dating from the 90’s or some other longbygone era.
PlayStation : It’s time to enter the 21st century and actually create an international gaming platform