Sony has announced plans to integrate its PlayStation Network with Discord early next year. Could this deal be a gamechanger in bringing the console giant more in-line with the values of young people?
If Microsoft acquiring Bethesda was the biggest gaming coup of 2021, Sony has just secured a deal to arguably take the title for 2022 already.
This week, Sony has announced plans to team up with popular chat service Discord for a full integration into the PlayStation Network arriving early next year.
Discord, long touted as the Gen Z equivalent of Slack, is said to be ‘hard at work’ creating innovative ways of enhancing the social experience on both PlayStation consoles and mobile – though details are currently scarce on what its integration on both services will look like.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 3, 2021
The immediate reaction online from PlayStation buffs appears to be predominantly positive, with gamers keen on the prospect of chatting with friends through a full-fledged Discord app whilst playing their favourite titles.
Expressed in a company statement, Sony’s desire to ‘bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together’ suggests that those looking for a full merger may soon get their wish.
If I had to hazard a guess, I think we’re probably looking at a new system wide (and clearly Discord branded) party infrastructure which may offer users an alternative option to start voice chats and send messages with a Discord plugin instead of a PlayStation party.