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Discord Integration Coming to PlayStation

Discord and Sony have announced a new partnership that would bring the service to PlayStation Network.
Discord and Sony have announced a new partnership that would bring the service to PlayStation Network. / Photo courtesy of Discord

Sony is working to bring Discord to PlayStation Network, integrating the platform with its current voice chat system as part of a partnership between the two companies.

Sony president and CEO Jim Ryan announced the news Monday.

"Together our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord with your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network," Ryan wrote. "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."

How, exactly, the two services will interact is unclear. Discord's voice service, ported whole-cloth to PlayStation Network, could replace the latter completely. Discord also has the benefit of making mobile-to-PC-to-console voice communication possible.

Sony has also made a minority investment in Discord as part of its Series H funding round. Discord recently cut off negotiations with Microsoft over a potential acquisition worth $10 billion, per reports of the events. Discord remains open to a future deal with Microsoft, as the talks ended amicably, but this Sony partnership could complicate things if Sony continues to develop its relationship with Discord.