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PlayStation Teams Up with Discord

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Discord integration is coming to PlayStation consoles in the near future.

Discord has been a haven for my friends and I for a very long time now. When we all got tired of putting up with Skype, Discord served as a fantastic medium for not just text chat, but voice chat, game streaming, and to a lesser extend, game library management. It’s a very convenient, well-designed platform (usually), which is why it makes sense that big names in the game industry would want a piece of the action.

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced yesterday that PlayStation and Discord have entered into a formal partnership that will lead to official Discord integration in PlayStation consoles some time next year. To clarify, this is a partnership, not a buyout; Discord is still its own independent company, they’re just working with the PlayStation folks, though in fairness, part of this deal involved Sony buying a small stake in Discord as a company.

“To bring these experiences to life for our players, Sony Interactive Entertainment has made a minority investment as part of Discord’s Series H round,” Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said in the announcement. “From our very first conversation with co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love for gaming and our teams’ shared passion to help bring friends and communities together in new ways. Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we are beyond excited to start this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services.”

It hasn’t quite been clarified yet how exactly Discord will be integrated into the existing PlayStation online framework, though things like voice chat and game streaming are probably a safe assumption. Sony will have more to say about the process and the partnership in the next few months.