Sony has announced that it is teaming up with Discord to integrate the social communication service within the PlayStation console and mobile app.
The group-based chat and hang out app, which is Part Slack, Part WhatsApp, Part Reddit and Part Twitch, will be rolled out with PS5, PS4 and other PlayStation experiences, including the PlayStation network from early next year.
It is unclear exactly what form the integration will take, but Sony says it will “help players around the world connect with each other, build new friendships and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories.” . “
In blog post, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) also stated that the integration will “allow friends, groups and communities to hang out, have fun and communicate more easily while playing games together.”
What we are likely to see is the inclusion of discord communities for popular PS5 games, many of which already exist on various servers. It is also likely that groups of PlayStation gamers will also be able to create groups for their existing friends and multiplayer teams, whether it is for voice or text chat.
Sony has also made a minority investment in Discord as part of a new partnership, which is particularly interesting given the recent failure by Microsoft to attempt to acquire the company outright. Microsoft reportedly made a staggering $ 10 billion bid to acquire the company, but negotiations broke down earlier this month. Now that option appears to be off the table.
The blog post stated: “From our first conversation with co-founders Jason Citrone and Stan Wiswanski, I was inspired by their lifelong love for gaming and to help bring friends and communities together in new ways. The teams had a shared passion. Empowering players to build communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we begin this journey with one of the world’s most popular communications services Excited to do. “