Sony has made a minority investment into social network Discord, with full integration coming to PlayStation next year.
“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,” said CEO and President Jim Ryan.
We’re not sure yet how this integration will look like. Presumably this means that there’ll be some kind of Discord chat interface that’ll let you interact with your friends on PSN either through voice or text, though it’s unclear if there’ll be a fully-baked app or a more limited implementation.
The news is particularly surprising as, up until recently, Microsoft was reportedly in talks to acquire Discord for around $10 billion. That buyout never materialised, and it looks like Sony has swooped in and partnered with the organisation for deeper integration with its consoles although, obviously, this doesn’t exclude the social network from coming to other formats in the future.