PlayStation Announces Investment And Partnership With Discord
PlayStation has announced an official partnership with Discord. PlayStation CEO and President Jim Ryan visited a blog to announce a brand new Discord partnership. The PlayStation and Discord partnership was announced on their website on May 3, 2021.
The new partnership promises to bring the PlayStation and Discord experience closer together from early next year. Sony PlayStation is the world’s largest and most popular video game console and gaming platform with more than 100 million users worldwide.
In a blog post, Sony said: “This partnership with Discord is part of our ongoing effort to explore new ways to enable players around the world to connect. Although the exact nature of the partnership is still unclear and details of the outcome of the partnership are currently scarce. Sony’s announcement only mentions connecting Discord to the PlayStation Network’s social gaming experience, but it says the two companies are “working hard” to connect Discord to the PlayStation Network’s “social gaming” experience.
The Sony and Discord team has worked hard to connect Discord to the social gaming experience on the PlayStation network. This alliance is currently being explored intensively, with teams from both companies working to connect Discord to a wide range of games on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. This ensures that Discord PlayStation users can easily create communities, join groups, chat with friends, and share content while playing on their console and mobile phone.
Although integration is coming in 2022, we cannot expect any major product changes that will allow the addition of Discord’s chat app to the PlayStation network’s social gaming experience. The integration will be limited to profiles, i.e. live chat, chat rooms, and other social functions that will not be linked. Not to forget: Discord has an active partnership with Microsoft’s Xbox, but Sony’s newly formed partnership for Discord seems to go much deeper.
Although we recently learned that Discord will indeed continue flying solo, that doesn’t mean the popular communications app won’t continue to work together. Discord had held talks with Microsoft, but those talks appear to have ended, with Discord recently declaring that it would instead remain a separate company.
Discord is a voice, video, and text communication service used by hundreds of millions of people to talk to their friends and communities. We started with the goal of solving the problem of how to communicate with friends from all over the world while playing online games.
While the exact nature of the partnership is still unclear, Sony says the two companies are working hard to connect Discord to their PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita platforms. Integration is limited to profiles only, meaning that PlayStation Live, PlayStation Network, and Sony’s own PlayStation Store are not linked. Sony is now moving closer to Discord and will offer voice chat capabilities in addition to the built-in social tools in the game itself. And don’t forget that Discord has an active connection to Microsoft and Xbox.
Sony and Discord will integrate the built-in PlayStation tools into social tools, but Sony’s newly signed partnership with Discord seems to go much deeper. With integration in 2022, we can expect major product changes that will enable voice chat capabilities for both the PS 4 and PS Vita platforms.
This is a big and rather surprising step, given the recent takeover talks were in the air, but it is certainly not the end of the world.
Sony took an undisclosed minority stake in the company before the alleged IPO and appears to have made a better offer than Microsoft. This is a big step and a rather surprising development, given the way in which takeover talks were up until recently. It seems that Sony had to offer Microsoft a “better deal” before the IPO to get an undisclosed amount of equity in Discord and a minority stake in the parent company.
In a surprise move, Sony today announced that it would work with Discord to integrate the popular chat platform into the PS ecosystem. The exact nature of the partnership is not expressed in the brief announcement, but it is certainly a big step for Discord.
Meanwhile, you can join the official Playstation channel on discord here.
Starting early next year, Discord will be connected to the PS Network’s social gaming experience as part of a new partnership. This could mean that a separate Discord app will be launched on the PlayStation sometime in the second half of the year. It could mean integrating Discord’s PSN friends list so you can chat with your friends from anywhere, or it could mean it comes with the game itself.