Discord is doing its best to become an all-encompassing voice chat option no matter where you play, and it looks like we’ll soon be able to chat with even more console friends.
As seen by The Verge (opens in a new tab)data scientist Advaith (opens in a new tab) has apparently uncovered evidence that voice chat integration is coming to PS5 in the near future. Unfortunately nothing seems to work for PS4 users outside of the already available option to show game activity. The leak quickly follows from the integration of the platform with Xbox (opens in a new tab)which was pushed out to everyone back in September.
It’s admittedly been a difficult process connecting to voice chat on console—the whole thing requires you to have your mobile ready and the Xbox app installed—but with the phone requirement dropped soon, hopefully that means the PlayStation version will be too. a simple few 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 made a minority investment in Discord (opens in a new tab) in May of last year. Sony president Jim Ryan said the goal was to “bring the experience of Discord and PlayStation closer together on console and mobile,” adding that this year the company wanted to allow “friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more. easily while playing together.” That started with the ability to link your PlayStation Network account to Discord earlier this year, which allowed for the aforementioned gameplay. (opens in a new tab) screen, but voice chat is the real prize our console friends have been eagerly waiting for.
As someone who sometimes prefers the comfort of my couch and console over gaming at the same desk I work from (hello!), the ability to easily access Discord voice chat from my PS5 is welcome. Sure I can use it on my phone, but it’s annoying to have to squish my headphones into my ear holes to talk in Discord while putting my headset on top for game sound. Being able to talk to our friends who play on other platforms is never a bad thing either.
Assuming that’s 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. Discord would not confirm the legitimacy of the leak, saying in a statement to PC Gamer that the company has “nothing to share at this time.”