Sony and Discord have announced a partnership that will integrate the latter’s popular gaming-focused chat app with PlayStation’s own built-in social devices. This is a big move and a fairly surprising how the recent takeover talks went on air – Sony seems to have offered a better deal than Microsoft, taking an undisclosed minority stake in the company before a rumored IPO Has been.
The exact nature of the partnership is not expressed in the brief announcement post. The closest we get to hearing what will actually happen is that the two companies “plan to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile early next year,” which is at least fairly easy to imagine .
Discord has previously partnered with the console platform, although its deal with Microsoft was not particularly deep integration. It’s almost certainly a “friend can see what you’re playing on the PS5” and more and more “this is an optional chat infrastructure for anyone on the Sony system.” Chances are it will be a deep, system-wide but obviously discord-branded option – such as the “start voice chat with disc” option when you invite or join a friend in your game.
The 2022 start timeline also suggests that this is a major product change, which likely coincides with a major platform update on Sony’s long-term PS5 roadmap.
While the new PlayStation is better than the old one when it comes to voice chat, the old one wasn’t great to begin with, and Discord isn’t easy to use, but millions of gamers have already Tax Use daily. And these days, if a game isn’t exclusive, then having a strong cross-platform is the next best option – so being able to basically connect and chat with PC players will reduce a pain point there.
Of course Microsoft has its advantages, running both the Xbox and Windows ecosystems, but it has replicated this opportunity and the acquisition of Discord may be the missing piece that tied it all together. This bird has certainly flown, and while Microsoft’s acquisition reportedly valued Discord at some $ 10 billion, it seems the burgeoning chat app has decided it will fly free with an IPO and One will strive to be the dominant voice stage everywhere rather than becoming a prized one. Pet.
Sony has made its participation, financially speaking, by participating in Discord’s recent $ 100 million H round. The amount they contributed is unknown, but may not apply if it cannot exceed a small minority stake, given how much the company has taken and its total valuation.