Sony buys minority stake in Discord, PSN and Discord to unify in 2022

Sony plans to add Discord functionality to the PlayStation Network in early 2022, and the company just bought a stake in Discord.

Published Mon, May 3 2021 11:37 PM CDT   |   Updated Sun, May 30 2021 8:40 PM CDT

Sony and Discord make a deal after buyout discussions with Microsoft fizzle out.

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Sony today announced it has bought a small minority stake in Discord and that more chat features are coming to the PlayStation Network. Sony's goal is to meld Discord into its billion-dollar PlayStation Network ecosystem and allow gamers to communicate, play, and chat with one another in a seamless cross-platform environment.

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

The console titan also revealed it was part of Discord's recent Series H funding round that generated a whopping $100 million from investors. Sony has been making strategic investments in key businesses including Epic Games, which makes the Unreal Engine 5 that will power next-gen PlayStation 5 games, to the aforementioned Discord.

Now Sony's decision to retire its PS4 communities feature makes more sense. It appears Sony plans to use Discord to replace these feature sets, possibly with real-time forum-style chats with layered rooms for gamers.

Sony is also delving deeper into the PC platform by releasing first-party PS4 games onto Steam.

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