We got a PS4 and my question was if I could have multiple PSN account names, because my friend and I want to play with different names.

  • Thank you, can we also have other names than the other people? Because we dont want to have the same muliplayer name Dec 22, 2016 at 20:29
  • Yes, it is impossible for two accounts to have the same name. If this answers your question completely, go ahead and mark the check mark to indicate that this question is answered in case anyone else has this question in the future! :)
    – Vemonus
    Dec 22, 2016 at 20:37
  • Yes, in fact, they have to have different names. Sony will not allow you to create an account with a name that is already in use. Am I misunderstanding your question? If you're asking if one account can go by two names, the answer is no. That is a much-desired feature for people who want to change their PSN names (such as myself).
    – Vemonus
    Dec 22, 2016 at 20:39
  • Thank you, now i know. I misunderstood your answer but now i get it. I think i closed the question now? Dec 22, 2016 at 20:59
  • Can you please help me on how to close it? I am on a phone and i don't see any check marks. Dec 22, 2016 at 21:15

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If I'm understanding your question right, yes, you can have multiple accounts. However, you will be a bit restricted on what content you can access across them.

For instance, if you purchase a game on account A and the PS4 is not account A's primary console, account B will be unable to access it. However, if account A does have this console listed as its primary, account B (and accounts C, D, E, F, and G) will be able to access content licensed to account A.

It's worth noting that only account A will be able to download games that it owns the license to. For instance, if you own the Season Pass for an episodic game like Life Is Strange, but don't have the episodes downloaded on the system, account B will be prompted to purchase the Season Pass rather than being able to simply download it. (This is from firsthand experience within the past week)

Another important thing to note is that all but the account with the PS4 listed as its primary will not have their PS+ benefits shared. See this question for more info about that.

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