While some hardcore gamers might prefer using TeamSpeak due to its structural integrity, Discord has become the go-to platform for communication between gamers these days. Its successful integration of text messaging alongside voice and video calls into one app made Discord irreplaceable, but they’ve been missing from one notable community. However, despite brokering a partnership deal in May 2021, PlayStation still doesn't officially support the popular voice-over-IP (VoIP) application. But it looks like that is about to change.
A recent datamine posted on GitHub shows a list of several string constants for an upcoming Discord build (version 165912). These lines of code contain references for joining audio calls on Discord through a PlayStation 5. One explicitly says: “We have new features for PS5 users. Hang out with Discord friends while playing games in voice chat.”
With the images supporting these claims, it seems these changes will be coming to the app sooner than later.
And while Discord users can link their accounts with their PlayStation 5 consoles to access the voice chat while playing games, it seems that screen sharing might be coming at a later time. This update will not fully integrate the application on consoles, considering that PlayStation 4 owners won’t be able to use any of the features mentioned in this build. PS4 users who connect to their account will only make use of ”rich presence”, which will display the game they are playing on Discord.
This development should come as a surprise to no one since Discord and Sony teamed up in May 2021, releasing the app in the US. The following January they rolled out an update that allowed users to connect their PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts with their Discord accounts.
This will be a necessity to make use of the Discord Voice Chat feature when it comes out. Xbox users already received their Discord voice chat integration back in October, after it was announced in July. Following a similar timeframe, PlayStation consoles may receive the update on March 8 when Discord version 7.00 is out.