PlayStation recently confirmed they will be partnering with popular messenger company Discord to integrate its voice and text chat system with the PlayStation Network experience starting “early next year”. SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan goes into detail:
At PlayStation, we’re constantly looking for new ways to enable players around the world to connect with one another, form new friendships and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories. It’s in this spirit that we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Discord, the communication service popularized by gamers and used by more than 140 million people every month around the world.
Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord with your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network. 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.
The Discord instant messenger service got its start in 2015; growing in popularity since because of its ability to maintain both private chats and communities known as servers while also being capable of voice and video calls. Originally meant to be a purely gaming-oriented platform, Discord allowed gamers to have a centralized location for communication rather than depending individual games’ often mediocre chatting services. In 2020, the gaming focus was dropped, with the company changing their motto from “Chat for Gamers” to “Chat for Communities and Friends,” representing the rapidly changing userbase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
News of a PlayStation/Discord partnership comes not even two weeks after Discord chose to stay independent despite Microsoft’s attempt to purchase the company for a reported $10 billion.