Discord chat app to be available for Playstation: Sony

Tokyo, Japan: Sony Group has announced that it has invested in the popular chat app Discord and plans to integrate it into the PlayStation next year.

According to Jim Ryan, president of the tech titan's gaming arm, Sony Interactive Entertainment made a "minority investment" in the site of more than 140 million monthly users, many of whom are game enthusiasts.

The announcement came after rumors that Discord had terminated acquisition talks with Xbox maker Microsoft, while other companies expressed interest in collaborating with the service.

Sony and Discord did not disclose the value of the deal or any other information.

"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," Ryan said in a statement dated Monday.

"Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord with your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network," he said.

Other details will be shared "in the coming months", he added.

Discord, headquartered in San Francisco, allows its users to freely share text, audio, and video.

In November, Sony Group unveiled the highly awaited PlayStation 5 console.

The Japan-based conglomerate posted its highest-ever annual net profit last week, led by its games division as people around the world were forced to stay at home during coronavirus lockdowns.

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