Discord is doing its best to become an all-encompassing voice chat option no matter where you play, and it looks like we’ll be able to chat with even more console friends soon.
As discovered by The edge (opens in new tab)data digger advaith (opens in new tab) has apparently uncovered evidence that voice chat integration is coming to PS5 in the near future. Unfortunately, it looks like nothing is in the works for PS4 users other than the option to view game activity already available. The leak quickly follows the platform’s integration with Xbox (opens in new tab)which was passed on to everyone in September.
It was admittedly a tricky process to connect to voice chat on the console – the whole thing requires you to have your phone ready and the Xbox app installed – but with the phone requirements phasing out soon, hopefully that means the PlayStation -Version this will also be a few simple taps to dive into Discord voice channels.
Discord PS5 voice integration pic.twitter.com/Qsq2JqUDDHOctober 23, 2022
It was only a matter of time before voice integration arrived for Sony’s latest console. The publisher has taken a minority stake in Discord (opens in new tab) in May last year. Sony President Jim Ryan said the goal is to “bring the Discord and PlayStation experience closer together on console and mobile,” adding that this year the company wants to “allow friends, groups and communities to meet , having fun and communicating more just by playing together.” It all started with the option to link your PlayStation Network account to Discord earlier this year, enabling the gaming activity mentioned above (opens in new tab) display, but voice chat is the real prize our console friends have been eagerly awaiting.
As someone who occasionally prefers the comfort of my couch and console to gaming at the same desk I work at (hi!), the option to easily access Discord voice chat from my PS5 is a welcome option. Sure, I can use it on my phone, but it’s irritating to squeeze my headphones into my ear holes to talk in Discord while putting my headset on for game audio. Being able to talk to our friends who play on other platforms is also never a bad thing.
Assuming this is real, it’s not yet clear when the integration will go live or if it will spend a few months in beta testing similar to Xbox. We’ve reached out to Discord for comment on the apparent leak and will update when we receive feedback.
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