Following a statement in May that it and Sony will “bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile,” Discord is now allowing you to connect your PlayStation Network account to the chat app.
Right now, the integration is quite restricted, both in terms of what it can do and who appears to have access to it, but it is most certainly the first step toward greater things to come. Aside from its collaboration with Sony, Discord is also working on an intriguing account management function that we’d like to see made available to everyone.
When you link your accounts, your Discord friends will be able to see what game you’re presently playing on your PlayStation, and you can add your PSN ID to your Discord profile so that others can simply add you to the service.
According to the news article, Discord is “gradually bringing out the option to link your PSN account from Discord,” so it may take some time before you can use it PlayStation owners will be able to link their Discord and PSN accounts for the first time- Discord says up to a week if you’re in the US, with additional countries following next week.
(When two Verge staff employees checked their Discord accounts, the PSN option was missing. Perhaps that’s reasonable – Sony does have a few other projects in the works right now.)
Steps for connecting your PlayStation to Discord Accounts
To connect your PSN and Discord accounts, open Discord and navigate to User Settings > Connections (in the mobile app, navigate to your profile, then touch Connections > Add).
If the PlayStation logo appears among the icons in the “Connect Your Accounts” option, clicking on it will bring up a PSN login page. Your accounts should be connected once you input your credentials.
Connecting to PSN isn’t the only item Discord has been working on; the business has also been experimenting with a feature that would allow you to effortlessly switch between accounts, an ability that many users demand based on the number of likes on this request for that feature.
In an email to The Verge, the business stated that account switching (which has been noticed by Reddit users and YouTubers alike) is now only available for a “small fraction” of desktop users.
Discord even has a FAQ for the function, which presently states that the trial is only running for a “short amount of time,” but as someone who often switches between accounts, I’d love to see it continue.