After lightly integrating Discord features on PlayStation 5 consoles in early 2022, Sony has announced that voice chat has finally arrived in its latest beta update.
Discord calls will be available to PS5 testers in the United States, Canada, and Japan, months after Microsoft introduced the feature on Xbox.
The PS5 will also get 1440p Variable Refresh Rate support, as well as dashboard UX improvements and other features.
Discord integration is a little clumsy, as it was on Xbox at first. According to the Discord blog, here’s how to set it up and use it. To begin, connect your PlayStation Network (PSN) account to Discord, then select Discord from the list of “Linked Services.”
After that, you can finish the integration by scanning a QR code or using the PS5’s built-in browser.
However, each time you want to use Discord chat on the console, you must use your mobile device to transfer your conversation, which is inconvenient.
Microsoft made it possible to join Discord chats directly from the console back in November, so hopefully, Sony will follow suit.
Other new social features include a new way to share screens, dashboard party chats, and “friends who play,” which shows which of your friends are currently playing a game.
Sony also added Variable Refresh Rate support for 1440p gaming, so HDMI 2.1 displays should perform more smoothly and with less tearing at that resolution.
Sony released PS5 VRR and 1440p support in April of last year, but the two features have yet to work together.
Gamers will also find new tools for accessing PS4 saved data on a PS5, as well as the ability to transfer games between PS5 consoles via WiFi or ethernet.
The new beta is now available to certified testers and will be available to everyone else in the coming months.