PlayStation is now partnering with Discord, the popular online communications service, promising to “bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year.”
Details of what that would actually mean are narrow, and Sony’s announcement only states that the two companies are “hard at work connecting Discord to your PlayStation Network social and gaming experience.” Whether that means a full-fledged Discord app coming to PlayStation consoles or more limited integration (such as connecting PSN and Discord accounts to more easily chat with friends outside of the platform) has yet to be announced.
As part of the new partnership, Sony is also investing an undetermined amount in Discord as part of the Series H investment round as a minority investor. Discord is one of the largest online communities, especially for gaming enthusiasts, with over 140 million active users from December 2020. The company was reportedly in talks to be acquired by Microsoft in a $ 10 billion deal earlier this year, but those talks appear to have ended and Discord instead decides to remain as an independent company.
More information on how Sony is working on integrating Discord into its PlayStation products should be released in the coming months.