Sony injects investment into Discord ahead of putting Discord on PlayStation

    
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Oof.

Well now, suddenly it’s a lot more clear why Discord and Microsoft ended their buyout talks, isn’t it?

Yes, Sony announced today that it’s partnering with Discord to plop Discord on the 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 writes.

“To bring these experiences to life for our players, Sony Interactive Entertainment has made a minority investment as part of Discord’s Series H round. From our very first conversation with co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love for gaming and our teams’ shared passion to help bring friends and communities together in new ways. Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we are beyond excited to start this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services.”

Source: Sony
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Gipfeli
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Gipfeli

ah crap. now xbox has to implement microsoft teams for it’s communication tool.

hah the anxiety i get just writing that sentence . . .

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squid

I still can’t believe Teams doesn’t have PTT. It’s an absolute no-brainer of a group voice chat function.

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Nate Woodard

I find we use Zoom more than Teams for voice comm anyway at my job. Not to say we don’t use Teams. It’s basically a text dump, but yeah for meetings and such Zoom is most commonly used.

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Rndomuser

This will be very beneficial for many Playstation players who may play same game with the PC players, especially games without voice chat built in. Even for casual text chatting – you can just use a wireless keyboard for Playstation and just chat with anyone about anything right from your Playstation.

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Arktouros

I’m really curious how this will work with Destiny 2 as the primary way PC players play with one another is via Discord and there’s cross play coming very soon.

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Greaterdivinity

I’m alright with this, and hopefully it won’t limit their ability to continue supporting the program on Xbox. I’d much prefer a platform like this remains platform-neutral/agnostic for the most part.

In related news, apparently Microsoft is reconsidering their storefront cut on Xbox and may match Epic’s 12%, which would be absolutely massive as they’d be the first first party/platform holder to do so on their actual hardware. It’d be a great way to attract more developers to the platform since they still need all the help they can get moving units (Game Pass is doing gangbusters tho). That’s genuinely impressive and super surprising if true, and I hope it pressures Sony/Nintendo to take similar measures.

Just hopefully not the Steam approach of, “The more you sell, the bigger your cut!” which pretty much only benefits larger/AAA games and the odd random indie title to hit it big.

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Rndomuser

Yea, Microsoft is gonna do that, thanks to Epic setting a trend.
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/microsoft-store-to-match-epic-games-stores-88-cut-for-game-developers-should-steam-follow-suit

And yea, hopefully Sony will follow this some day. As for Steam, I highly doubt greedy GabeN will follow it unless enough developers will start to sell their games on Epic and Microsoft stores. Doesn’t really matter anyway because I can often find games for a cheaper price on other than Steam stores so I try to never buy games on Steam unless it’s the only option.

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McGuffn

unfortunately the link doesn’t say anything about xbox fees, which divinity was talking about.

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Greaterdivinity

It appears it was shoddy reporting that made me think it was a consideration for Xbox rather than just the Windows Store (kek, though at least it’s used with Game Pass). It’s a good move since they’re just a storefront (well, they make Windows but that’s an open platform so you don’t have the same kind of hardware R&D costs nor losses on selling hardware) rather than the whole kit and kaboodle like consoles are as a whole.

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McGuffn

yeah, if consoles do loosen the reins that would be something big