PlayStation planning to bring Discord to consoles

Olivia Richman • May 3, 17:52

PlayStation and Discord have partnered up to bring community enhancements to gamers. 

On Twitter, PlayStation announced a partnership with Discord, a communication service popular among gamers. More than 140 million people use it per month all around the world, allowing players to connect with each other and form new communities. In a blog post, PlayStation stated that both teams are coming together to connect Discord to the PlayStation Network’s social and gaming experience. 

“Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year,” Sony wrote, “allowing friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together.” 

PlayStation and Discord announce community-based partnership

According to PlayStation, the teams are already working on connecting the two social entities together. The first step was Sony Interactive Entertainment making a minority investment in 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 for gaming and our teams’ shared passion to help bring friends and communities together in new ways. Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we are beyond excited to start this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services,” PlayStation CEO and president Jim Ryan said. 

For now, fans of the platforms have not been told much else about the partnership, but Ryan stated that more information about upcoming experiences and updates will be shared in the coming months. Regardless this is an enormous moment for Discord.

Discord has carved out a very strong presence in the gaming space but has thus far been limited to mobile devices and PCs. Both PlayStation and Xbox have their own built-in friends lists, messaging, and voice chat systems that have been prioritized ahead of any of the various VoiP software that have found footing within the gaming space such as Teamspeak and Ventrilo.

The possibility of Discord being integrated into Sony could make for a major shift in how people communicate with one another across multiple platforms. Details are still scarce and there is no timetable for how long this might take, so expect more news to come in the near future.

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