Xbox and Discord have recently announced a partnership to bring the chat platform to more gamers.
“In response to your feedback, you will now have the option to link your Discord account to your Xbox account, making it easier than ever to see what your friends are playing”, said Daniel McCulloch, general manager of Xbox Live. “If you are playing Sea of Thieves on your Xbox, you can now choose to give your Discord friends the ability to see that and decide whether they want to hop on their Xbox and join you.”
While this collaboration between Xbox and Discord is a monumental step for the previously PC-only platform, the linking will only be at the account level. You can link your Xbox Live account to your Discord profile, and you will be able to link your Discord account to your Xbox Live profile—but it doesn’t sound like gamers will be able to communicate across either platform quite yet. In other words, Discord voice chat and Xbox Live party chat won’t be connected.
That being said, since this change came about due to player feedback, there is the possibility that Xbox and Discord will further their partnership in the future. The lack of integrations with other consoles has been a common complaint, and many gamers would love to be able to have cross-platform chats with their friends while gaming.
In fact, a lack of cross-platform collaborations in general have been a common complaint in the gaming industry. The fact that consoles seem to focus more and more on the niche rather than on bringing their titles to larger audiences has been a point of contention across all platforms—PC gamers included. Hopefully, the collaboration between Xbox and Discord will open up the chance for more applications to operate on a cross-platform level. While there is certainly an appeal to console-exclusive games, this trend might fall to the wayside as more and more gamers prioritize social connections over brand loyalty.