PS5 Discord voice chat could arrive sooner than expected
The popular networking app appears to be coming to PS5 and will allow users to chat with each other using Discord
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: Discord on PS5
👀 Discord voice chat for PS5 has been spotted in the latest Discord beta
😒 Currently, PS5 players can only display what games they’re playing on Discord
🗣 Discord voice chat came to Xbox Series X|S and is ideal for crossplay titles
🤐 Sony announced a partnership with Discord in May 2022, but things have been relatively quiet since then
It seems like PS5 will get Discord voice chat support in the near future, similar to how the feature came to Xbox Series X|S consoles in July.
The upcoming functionality was spotted by Twitter user advaithj1, who shared three screenshots from the mobile app that strongly suggest that Discord voice chat will be fully integrated into PS5. However, voice chat seems like it will be exclusive to PS5, as PS4 appears to only let you display the game you’re playing.
Sony initially announced it was partnering with Discord in May 2021 and said the partnership would “[allow] friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together”, but since then, we’ve only been given the option to link our Discord accounts to PS5 and PS4 to show what games we’re currently playing.
Sony’s Discord deal made Microsoft’s Discord announcement all the more surprising, as many had tipped Sony’s machines to benefit from Discord’s desirable features list first. Xbox owners can chat with Discord users straight from their console, which makes chatting with friends when playing crossplay titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 far more straightforward.
However, it seems like we won’t have to wait too much longer for Discord voice chat on PS5. It’s likely the functionality will roll out in early 2023, and could be part of the next PS5 system beta. Sony’s last system update added 1440p support, more 3D audio options, and Gamelists, which let you organize your library into folders.
Discord is used by more than 140 million people every month, and has become a mainstay for gamers, in particular, as a means to communicate. It’s great to see that PS5 owners will soon have the option to chat with friends more easily as the industry moves towards a more open multiplayer experience, one that doesn’t punish you for picking one console over the other.
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