For years, sub account holders on the PlayStation Network have been wrestling with an eternal struggle: should they graduate to a master account and lose all of their Trophies and games, or keep their existing username and deal with the restrictions that the under-18 option entails? Fortunately, Sony has now made it possible to upgrade accounts seamlessly, and here's how you do it.

1. Login to Your Account Online

Eventually, you'll be able to upgrade your account on a PlayStation 4, but at the time of typing, you'll need to do it on the web using a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Simply visit Sony Entertainment Network's website through here, and login to your account using your usual username and password.

2. Check That You're Eligible to Upgrade

The whole point of the sub account is that it's an option for those under 18, so if your PSN profile doesn't show that you've enjoyed your big birthday yet, you won't be able to upgrade. Fortunately, if you are old enough, you should spy an icon in your account informing you that you can upgrade.

3. Select Upgrade Your Account

Click the notification informing you that you can upgrade, and then select the 'Upgrade Your Account' button.

4. Read the Information and Continue

You'll then be given a little more information about upgrading your account. Your funds, for example, will no longer be linked to a separate master account, so you'll be on your own from now on. Don't worry: all of your transactions, Trophies, and friends will carry across. Click 'Continue' when you're happy.

5. Agree to the Terms and Conditions

Ah, it wouldn't be an account upgrade without some kind of legal process. You'll be faced with a bunch of Terms and Conditions at this point, so make sure that you read through them thoroughly – ahem – and then select the 'I Agree' button.

6. And That's It

You should now see a confirmation message telling you that your sub account has successfully been upgraded to a master account. All of the associated accounts will be notified of this via an automated email. Freedom at last, huh – how does it feel?