Since Sony Computer Entertainment America’s surprise announcement regarding the delay of GT5‘s DLC in North America late last night, it’s been a rocky road for fans eager to enjoy the new content.
Though the DLC packs were released as scheduled in Europe, Asia, and Australia, users in our forums have quickly made an unpleasant discovery: the content can only be accessed in the game when signed into the PSN account you used to make the purchase. The official UK site has been updated to acknowledge the issue:
This is a notice regarding the Gran Turismo 5 DLC, for those who have multiple accounts on the PlayStation®Network.
The DLC released on October 18th is tied to the Account ID used to purchase the DLC. It is not possible to use the DLC with accounts other than the one that was used to make the actual purchase. Therefore please make sure to purchase the DLC with the account that is used to play Gran Turismo 5.
Kazunori Yamauchi has also responded to complaints via Twitter, offering the following explanation:
Resolving the problem with using the DLC on multiple accounts, is not simple. [I]t would be best if we could attribute the entitlement to use the DLC items to multiple accounts in the same PS3, but there is nothing like that in the PSN setup, and we can only assign the entitlements per User ID. There just isn’t a good solution for this I can think of. The entitlement to these non-onetime DLC’s can’t be attributed to the PS3 console.
This is obviously a significant (and expensive) inconvenience for players who use multiple PlayStation Network ID’s to participate in online teams, leagues, or racing series. This also requires families or siblings who share a PS3 console with different PSN accounts purchase the DLC multiple times if they all wish to use it.
Please keep this restriction in mind when purchasing the new content.
GT5 Photomode image by eugene2023.