A PlayStation Discord partnership has been announced by Sony with plans to integrate the popular voice chat service into PlayStation consoles and mobile apps starting in early 2022.
Discord is a social media platform that was purpose-built for gamers to use voice and text chat without any hassle. Pretty much anyone can create a Discord account and get their own server completely for free, although larger communities might need to invest some money for additional services. Although initially focused on gaming communities, Discord has since expanded its brand into general communications.
The ease of use for this platform has proven pretty popular, especially since you can use it on mobile, a desktop app, or even through a web browser; Discord has over 140 million users and counting — and that number is likely to grow even further with the announcement of a PlayStation Discord partnership.
What the PlayStation Discord Partnership Means for Gamers
The PlayStation Discord partnership was announced today on Sony Interactive Entertainment's blog by the company's President & CEO Jim Ryan. In addition to bringing Discord into the PlayStation ecosystem, Sony is also making a minority investment in the company as part of its Series H funding. The end goal, it seems, will be to essentially treat PlayStation as yet another way to conveniently communicate with your friends with Discord.
"Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord with your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network," read the blog post from Jim Ryan. "Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year, allowing friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together."
Just one month ago, a partnership such as this might not have been possible; Microsoft was in talks to acquire Discord. That deal ultimately fell apart, although Discord was reportedly talking to a total of at least three different companies about a possible acquisition.
Of course, you'll probably want to buy a Sony Pulse 3D wireless headset to take advantage of the new ways to voice chat when everything is good to go. We'll begin to see the first steps of PlayStation Discord integration in early 2022.
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