Discord voice chat is rolling out to all Xbox users

Voice chat on Xbox consoles is about to get Real.

Sure, you’ve been able to voice chat on Xbox for almost 20 years, but now you can do it through the king of gaming voice chat apps, Discord. Xbox rolled out a major November software update on Wednesday, that included the ability to link a Discord account to an Xbox console (such as a Series X) and voice chat in the game universe. By that I mean on Xbox, PC and mobile because PlayStation doesn’t have Discord voice chat…yet.

Discord on Xbox with user examples

Everyone’s here.
Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft has really started gradually rolling out Discord on Xbox earlier this summer, but now it’s available to everyone on the platform.

To take advantage of this new feature, you’ll need to go through a short process to link your Discord and Xbox accounts. There is a handy guide on the Xbox website for this, but it usually boils down to going to the settings menu on an Xbox console or a Discord app and then logging into the other account from there.

Once you’ve done that, hit the Xbox button on your console, scroll down to Parties & Chats and select Discord to see a list of voice channels available to join, along with examples of which friends have already joined. in those channels. If you’re using a next-gen Xbox Series console, there’s an option to auto-suppress background noiseat.

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This is useful because more and more online games support cross-platform play, usually between one console and PC, and this can make voice chat unnecessarily cumbersome. For example, I have one Fortnite crew who are heavy on PC so if I (a console guy) want to play with them I have to use Discord on my phone or laptop where I can’t hear any game audio. With Discord on Xbox (and eventually PlayStation), people like me no longer have to choose between hearing the game and hearing our friends.

That’s gaming luck, folks.

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