Sony has just announced a new partnership with Discord for its PlayStation platform. Today, an official post from PlayStation President Jim Ryan lays out details of the partnership.
For PlayStation users, this is a pretty big development. Over the last few years, Discord has dominated the game communication market on PC and mobile. Providing users with an efficient and feature-rich way to chat and voice chat with friends, clan mates, and other community members on any number of topics.
And now Discord is coming to PlayStation consoles. Which is sure to give Sony an edge over Microsoft when it comes to the communication platform offered to players. This also comes after months of speculation that Microsoft was potentially interested in acquiring Discord.
While this is a huge deal for all involved, this doesn’t mean you’ll see Discord on your PS4 or PS5 soon. In fact any sort of integration is by no means around the corner.
Discord comes to PlayStation in 2022
If you were hoping to boot up your PlayStation and enjoy the benefits of Discord right from the console, you’ll have to wait a while. Now that the partnership has been announced, good things are certainly coming.
But players shouldn’t expect to see an arrival of Discord until sometime in 2022. In the announcement Ryan states that the plan is to have things ready by early next year. Of course, things can always change. Sony could end up ahead of schedule and push things out earlier than planned. But it’s also possible things could be pushed back.
So for now an early 2022 release of the Discord integration is the best players can hope for.
Sony and Discord are already “hard at work” connecting social
Right about now, if you’re a PS4 and or PS5 user and you adore Discord, you’re probably day dreaming about all the possible features you could use on the console.
While that information is going to become available in time, no firm details on features or usability have been made public. Ryan says that the teams at both companies are already hard at work connecting the social and gaming experiences on PlayStation. But he does not highlight any features or discuss how long work has been underway.
The goal is to bring the experiences of Discord and PlayStation closer together on consoles and mobile. So people can hang out and chat while enjoying games. At the very least the integration will allow users to connect Discord accounts to their consoles so they can interact with both text and voice chat channels across all of their servers.
But it’s unclear if PlayStation integration will include some of the more recent features the PC and mobile apps have. Either way, PlayStation users are getting a big communication upgrade.