One of the bigger stories of 2021 came when Sony announced it had invested in Discord and was working on full integration with the PlayStation Network. The news emerged shortly after Microsoft withdrew from a rumoured $10 billion buyout of the social network, making for a nice juxtaposition among those who follow the industry closely.
It’s been a good six months since PlayStation bigwig Jim Ryan proudly made that announcement, and we haven’t heard a peep about it since. It’s safe to assume that work has been ongoing behind-the-scenes, and this was always planned for a 2022 rollout regardless. While the mechanics of the brand’s integration are still underwraps, I think it could change the way we play together.
Discord is not a complicated concept, really: it’s a collection of curated chat rooms for communities to gather around specific topics. Some games, franchises, and developers have their own channels, and it’s easy to see how these could be integrated into the existing PlayStation experience. Stuck in Returnal, for instance? Jump into Housemarque’s community and ask a fellow fan.
While it’s a simple idea, the depth of Discord’s popularity will make it a game-changer. I was always taken aback by the popularity and longevity of the Push Square Community on the PS4, which has since been removed from the console – presumably to make way for Discord’s addition. But in terms of features, Sony’s internal effort was rudimentary compared to what I imagine Discord will offer.
If this is integrated in the way I expect it to be – and I imagine it will be embedded deeply into the PS5 and PS4 operating system – then it’s going to make finding likeminded players so much easier. Whether you’re looking for someone to boost Trophies with or a friend to play Fortnite Duos alongside, Discord is going to make discovery and communication so much more powerful.
I’ve been thinking about all the ways we’ll be able to build the Push Square community on the console itself. I think having a really strong server for our members here is going to make it viable for you to not only play with each other, but also staff as well. As things exist, there’s a disconnect between this website and your console, but I think Discord is going to allow us to bridge that in new and unique ways.
Now obviously the proof will be in the pudding, and it’s going to depend a lot on how well Sony is able to blend its own PSN experience with, what is effectively, a third-party social network. But the Japanese giant now owns a minority stake in the business, and thus has a vested interest in its success. Keep an eye on this, because it could change the way we play together in 2022.
How do you think Discord will be incorporated into the existing PS5 and PS4 experience, and are you excited by the possibilities of its integration? Find a friend in the comments section below.
I don’t know about Discord but I used your collectibles guide for Astro’s Playroom today and it was very helpful. Thanks 👍
Another feature I'd like to see is cross-platform chat using Discord's existing structure - right now when I want to play Destiny with my mate and his son we use Discord on our phones as 2 of us are on PS5 and 1 on PC. Now imagine he could just join our PS5 Discord...
With more games embracing cross-platform play this would be an opportunity for Sony to be more inclusive from the start of the generation, without opening up the exclusive games can of worms, in contrast to their weird approach to cross-platform last gen.
Well, if nothing else, it'll make the submission process for next year's screenshot competition a whole lot more interesting!
@Marquez if they implement it properly that's exactly how it'll work.
Although I fear with all the NSFW channels on Discord then it'll be a gated, heavily moderated system.
Where’s the PushSquare discord? Seriously, that would be awesome.
I play a stupid mobile game and Discord has been so awesome in community building and making friends in my club. It’s a daily chat tool for me now.
I've never used Discord and don't really understand it. But I'm primarily a single player gamer.
@solocapers Definitely a risk. Let's hope for something between the two options - curated but with good functionality. Personally I think it will be a great improvement to the platform.
Discord is so unnecessarily complicated to use
@PenguinL I haven’t gone deep into the social aspects of Discord I mainly use it as a tool for multiplayer, like an evolution of X-Fire or Ventrilo, and my friends have a server for chatting.
If I’m stuck on a game I go on YouTube. Its instant and in video. And I don’t play online. Good for those who do though I guess 👌
Been hearing that Discord might start charging for features. If so I wonder if project Spartacus will have it on one of their tiers.
As long as I can easily turn it off, it's all good!
My impression of Discord is that the majority of its userbase huddles in extremely weird subculture servers. Lots of groomers and coomers too. I'm big on laissez-faire moderation usually but I'd like very tight regulations in this case.
@PenguinL its basically a server with chat function , that have voice / video channels. so u could create your own sever and talk to ur friends while u game , its pretty easy to use.
@Would_you_kindly it really isn't , its actually pretty simple and easy
I'd join if there was a mature community that didn't obsess over breasts or weren't, like 12.
Unfortunately almost every community I run into on discord winds up being that way.
Totally down for Discord and think if it works like this it’ll be fab. Also, would use a Push Square community Discord to find someone to co-op play some decent games with. Never been able to play It Takes Two etc because of not having enough gaming buddies to play with!
Discord integration will great. I have a FFXIV FC that is all just PC players that only use discord, so it a major hassle having to use a completely separate device to communicate.
@fR_eeBritney Now that you mention it, I’ve found quite a few PushSquare guides to be very helpful. I just read through the PS AC Valhalla skill suggestion guide not too long ago just to make sure I wasn’t throwing away my precious skill points. Good information that’s well organized is always appreciated. Especially when I don’t have to sit through a five minute video to find something that would take five seconds to look up via text.
I've been a Discord user since... 2017? I think. I'm very happy that Playstation has decided to work with them and bring Discord to PSN. It's truly the best communication platform, and having a Push Square server sounds like a great idea. Looking forward to this feature!
I just hope it doesn't replace any of PSNs already built in social features. I use Discord occasionally when playing Halo online but honestly I don't prefer it. I'm in the minority in my group about it though so maybe I'm just getting old.
@Amnesiac yeah, I usually use powerpyx guides but I’ve been using Pushsquare guides more and more.
I'm really looking forward to it because of cross-play. It's horrible to use the voice-chat that some games provide, and there are few.
I don't really understand Discord, bit then I'm old and don't really do social media! I'm not sure how I'd use it, if I want to chat with friends while playing a game I use the party function. But, I'm open to try new things!
''How do you think Discord will be incorporated into the existing PS5 and PS4 experience''
''and are you excited by the possibilities of its integration'' - hell yeah i am ; of course .
@Bingbongboyo discord is like text messaging a bunch of people in a giant chatroom , with optional voice & video chat & streaming as well .
its text messaging on steroids . thats it .
@nomither6 Lol! Thanks! "Text messaging on steroids", I love that description! Although I'm not sure if that makes me want to use it more, or less!
I already use it, completely unnecessary for most games, worthwhile if you've got a little on-line community
I really like discord. I've joined some like minded, very friendly communities and have even made a few friends, meeting up with people through it. No doubt experiences will vary of course. The voice chat quality is superb, even when speaking to people on the other side of the world.
@PenguinL for single player, you could ask a chatroom for a game the best way to tackle an enemy or game section.. or the server may have helpful infographs showing things like in-game gear in an organized, easy to read way, as well as where to find the gear. They may post helpful videos for different topics, like trophy guides, or the best character builds for different play styles.. and these videos would be organized in different sections (basically various chat tabs)
Basically anything anyone might need to know may be in the game's channel, and if it's not you could ask chat and there is a very strong chance someone who loves the game cant wait to show off their knowledge and give you a helpful answer.
@ATaco On the contrary, my experience has been awesome so far. I also joined this German-language learning server around 2020 which has helped me quite a lot.
I've survived this long without ever visiting discord, so I doubt this will change anything.
@Marquez that’s exactly what I do when I play outriders with a friend. I play on Ps5 and he on pc. The game doesn’t offer a ingame vice chat soo he uses discord on pc and I have it in my smartphone. Not the most convenient way but it works. Will be so much better when discord is integrated in the PlayStation OS.
@Reeneman It would be a great feature for exactly these situations - I’m sure it’s in their plans.
Honestly I don't even know what Discord is.
@kingbreww +1 to that!
It's a shame Discord has replaced forums. There's no curation of information, or archiving, or history. No legacy with Discord like a forum. No way to remember and retrieve old threads or questions asked and answered. Discord is so typical of modern social media where immediacy is the be all and end all.
My friends and I were all console players last gen but some of us moved over to PC. Now we hang out in Discord because it's available on phones. It would be cool for people in the same situation as us to be able to get on Discord from their consoles instead of their mobile devices
Lots of people here seem to not understand Discord. While there are lots of servers dedicated to different subjects, the main draw is that you can use it to meet people that have similar interests to you and hang out. For me personally it's the fact that I can create my own server with my friends and it feels like our own personal clubhouse. Sometimes we don't even play games, we just get in to talk or watch movies or videos together, which given the current pandemic it's honestly really convenient
@Bingbongboyo I think of it as IRC with mandatory NickServ and shared channel logs built into every client. You can be connected to lots of different servers, but other than a shared NickServ they're all completely separated, with different administers, mod policies, etc etc etc
Despise Discord and I hate talking with strangers in games so NO THANK YOU
@theheadofabroom Yes, reading other people's replies too is making me understand it a bit better. Thanks.
Discord is use so much wider than games, The discord community has become one of the primary support and client communication platforms at work, we are the leading designer of SoCs. Personally I use Discord across so many aspects of life both work and play. Discord is not going to change to suit PlayStation, and Playstation does not need it to change. Xbox already has discord integration and I expect Playstation will follow suit. It should be a win/win for all gamers and supporters of open platforms.
I really don't see how this will have any major impact on anything. Honestly, who actually cares???
Sounds great to me, I've been using Discord since 2015 and love it!
Great news for me. I play ffxiv on ps5 and the people I play with use discord on pc.
Discord integration on PlayStation would be absolutely phenomenal because it's potential to connect communities is astronomical! My wife and I use discord to connect our twitch communities together but my main issue with discord is how incredibly difficult it is to navigate (especially on mobile where I use it 90% of the time). I hope with PlayStation integration we get a much more straightforward easy to use experience because as it sits now discord is convoluted. Either way I'm definitely looking forward to see what comes of this venture, the possibilities are endless! Happy gaming ✌️
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