Discord is coming to PS4 and PS5 consoles
A new partnership between Sony and Discord means that Discord will be coming to PS4 and PS5 in the near future.
The new deal was announced today and the good news is that it won’t affect Discord on Xbox.
However, because the integration between Xbox and Discord is limited to just seeing who is playing on which console, the chance of disruption is quite limited.
The new deal between Discord and Sony goes deeper and appears to include big plans for the PlayStation Network and Discord to connect in a big way.
The deal was announced by SIE’s Jim Ryan, who shared this message about how the PlayStation Network and Discord will work, telling fans:
“At PlayStation, we are constantly looking for new ways to enable players around the world to connect with each other, form new friendships and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories.
“It is in this spirit that we are delighted to announce a new partnership with Discord, the communications service popular with gamers and used by more than 140 million people around the world every month.
“Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord to your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network.
“Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year, so that friends, groups and communities can hang out, have fun and communicate more easily while playing games together.
“To bring these experiences to life for our players, Sony Interactive Entertainment has made a minority investment as part of Discord’s Series H round.
“From our very first conversation with co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love of gaming and the shared passion of our teams to bring friends and communities together in new ways. Enabling players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we’re thrilled to begin this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services. “
It’s unclear at this point how strong an integration this will be and how voice chat could be impacted in the near future.
We also don’t have a set date when the big changes will come, as the above statement only provides a schedule for next year.
But if Sony is feeling adventurous, this could be a way for the company to plow ahead with further cross-play functionality.
PS4 and PS5 console owners are currently struggling with network-level crossplay chat, meaning this new Discord partnership could provide better options.
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