How to Create Your PlayStation 4 Profile – Tom’s Guide


So you’ve bought a PlayStation 4 console at launch. You’ve plugged it in and you’ve got it running. Now you need to create a PlayStation 4 user profile. This will enable the console to store your saved game data, achievements, screenshots and video to the cloud as well as remember your preferences. Optionally, it can also store your facial data for hands-free sign-in. These steps will guide you through the process of setting up your user profile.

1. Turn on the console. Activate your PlayStation 4 DualShock controller by pressing the “PS” button on the center, then select “New User.”

2. Select “Create a User.” This screen also gives you the option to play as a guest, which creates a temporary profile whose data is deleted when it’s logged out. Accept the user agreement on the next page.

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3. Link your PlayStation Network (PSN) account. If you have a PSN account on a PlayStation 3 or a PS Vita you can port it to your PlayStation 4 by signing in. If you don’t, see “Creating a new PSN account” at the bottom of this article, and then return to step 4.

4.  (Optional) sign up for PlayStation Plus. If you already have a PSN Account through which you subscribe to PlayStation Plus, you’ll won’t see this step. For those who’ve just created a PSN Account, or those who don’t subscribe to PlayStation Plus, you’ll be prompted to join the service at this point. PlayStation Plus accounts are required to access free games offered on the PlayStation Network and to play online multiplayer. The subscription fee is $49.99 for a year, $17.99 for three months, or $9.99 for one month.

5. Designate the console as your primary PS4. You’ll most likely be creating this account on your home PlayStation 4, so you’ll want to activate that device as the primary console for your PlayStation Network account. Doing so means that the console will locally store your facial and voice data so you can sign into the console just by standing in front of the camera.

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6. (Optional) Add face data to your account. At this point in the setup you can teach the PlayStation 4 to recognize your face.

Creating a new PSN account

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