Sony acquired a stake in Discord last year and official integration is now underway for PlayStation owners across the US
Back in May 2021, PlayStation announced that it was forming a partnership with voice and text chat app Discord, and now it has finally revealed an interesting detail behind it. PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners in the US will now be able to integrate their gaming activity into their Discord account and share it with their friends.
This comes hot on the heels of the landmark announcement that Sony has acquired Destiny 2 developer Bungie, a massive deal for PlayStation, and the latest salvo in the current console wars. Both studios are hiring video game developers, but haven’t kept many of their titles exclusive to their respective platforms, so perhaps enhancing a console with quality of life improvements is one answer.
The PlayStation integration will work similarly to other existing service integrations on Discord, in that it allows players to showcase their activity. Friends of Discord users will be able to see what they’re playing on PS4 and PS5 once the integration is complete. Users can also choose to display their PlayStation Network online credentials on their profile so their Discord connections can easily add them as a PlayStation friend, and even see if they’re playing a game they can get into. It’s not yet possible to share user content such as screenshots and videos, but PlayStation gamers are hoping to see sharing functionality in the future.
Sony is clearly leaning on all this good news to pull off the fact that Microsoft is acquiring a number of massive studios such as Bethesda and Activision Blizzard, and to show its fans that it has some exciting things in store as well. The console wars are clearly heating up, but Microsoft has already congratulated Sony on the deal.
Although Xbox owners can use Xbox Live as a Discord login, the integration is minimal. Since Sony now has a minority investment in Discord, Xbox users are wondering if they’ll see full integration with their consoles as well. Rumors still abound that a more expensive PlayStation Plus service will launch in the future, and that some Discord perks may be included in it. Premium Discord Nitro subscription costs extra, but could perhaps be bundled as part of a more expensive PS Plus tier.
While gamers wait to see what the future of PlayStation’s subscription and streaming services holds, and if it’s a whole new PS Plus-like subscription tier, as rumored , players can at least enjoy these new features. Discord’s PlayStation Network account login is rolling out in the US today with more countries to follow. It will be available on all platforms Discord is installed on, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and web browsers.
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