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Discord voice chat is heading to Xbox

Discord will be supported on Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

July 20, 2022

2 Min Read
The Discord and Xbox logos

Discord voice chat will soon be available on Xbox platforms, bringing Discord friends and communities to Microsoft's console ecosystem.

The move will enable Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One users to chat with anyone on Discord via voice channels or group calls directly from their console, uniting users across mobile, Xbox, and PC.

Discord support will initially be rolled out to Xbox Insiders starting today, but will soon be made available to the wider Xbox community.

"Discord Voice on Xbox consoles allows you to talk with your friends and community while you play your favorite games," wrote Eric Voreis, principal program manager of player experiences and platforms at Microsoft.

"Planning a few rounds of multiplayer action in Halo Infinite with buddies on both console and PC? Exploring new biomes with your friends in Minecraft? See them already playing a game that supports cross-play? Connect to their voice channel and chat as you all play.

"While you are playing on your console, you will be able to see who is in the call and speaking. You’ll also be able to adjust the sound, and switch between Discord Voice and Xbox game chat."

Up the chatter

Xbox owners will be able to make use of the feature by hitting the "Try Discord Voice on Xbox" prompt in the "Parties & Chats" menu. After doing that, they'll be prompted to scan a QR code that will open a Discord and Xbox apps page that can be used to establish a two-way link between the two services.

It's worth noting that anybody who's previously linked their Discord account to their Xbox will still need to follow that process and re-link.

After those boxes have been ticked, users will be able to hop in a Discord channel and start nattering. On the Discord mobile app, a new option called "Join on Xbox" will also be available.

Microsoft will be breaking down the finer details in the latest Xbox Insider release notes, so keep an eye out for those if you're planning on taking the feature for a spin.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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