The battle for the next generation of consoles isn’t just about trying to produce as many beautiful pixels on a screen as quickly as possible or developing the best games (although that certainly helps). but also about how fellow gamers can communicate with each other. And central to that initiative is the gaming communication platform Discord.
As the company is seen as a key player in both getting gamers to talk to each other and game developers communicating with their fans on a regular basis, it’s only natural that console giants Microsoft and Sony want to partner with the company. For Microsoft, that initially meant a massive $ 10 billion bid to buy the company directly and make it fully part of the Microsoft ecosystem. But despite all those zeros, the company’s board somehow held back and decided instead to remain neutral (PS Microsoft, I’m still available for acquisition for that kind of money).
And after that failed move from Microsoft comes news that will become PlayStation partnership with Discord to integrate its software directly into the PlayStation experience and allow all its users to communicate directly on the console and through their games. A step that makes a lot of sense for the company, as it wants to build services that appeal to gamers and allow them to communicate better is a big part of that.
Other details are limited for now, but Sony will pump some money into Discord and become a minority investor in the process. As for Discord and other platforms, this doesn’t mean it won’t work with Microsoft at all, as the company wants to remain committed to gamers regardless of platform, and will continue to support Xbox on both console and PC.
Last updated: May 4, 2021