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Discord voice chat is coming to Xbox

Discord voice chat is coming to Xbox
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Discord and Microsoft bring Discord Voice calls to Xbox. The feature, which is available now for Xbox Insiders and will soon be available for the rest of us, will allow users to connect to Discord voice chats from their Xbox, allowing for all manner of cross-platform shenanigans.

Connecting your Xbox and Discord accounts and starting a voice chat is quite complicated. First you need to download the Xbox mobile app as you will be using your phone to cast Discord calls to an Xbox. Then you need to connect your Xbox account to your Discord account. If you’ve connected them in the past, the instructions state that you must do so again to accept the new language permissions.

Once that’s done, whenever you want to talk to your Discord homies on Xbox, you can start a call on Discord, click the “Transfer to Xbox” button, select an Xbox console in the Xbox Mobile app, and you’re done. You can also initiate a broadcast from Discord on desktop or web, and a QR code will appear that opens the Xbox mobile app.

The Discord and Xbox linking process.
Image: Microsoft

Xbox users will even see the “Try Discord voice on Xbox” prompt in the “Parties and Chats” section of the Xbox dashboard. This includes a QR code for the Discord and Xbox mobile apps to connect and set up the two-way connection between a Discord account and an Xbox.

Discord voice chat on Xbox basically works by transferring voice chats from Discord to an Xbox and is supported on both Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X consoles. That means you can’t join Discord calls directly from an Xbox, and there’s no dedicated Discord app on the console. Instead, you always use the mobile app to transfer calls and they integrate with an Xbox Party-like interface.

“As you play on your console, you can see who’s on the phone and talking,” said Eric Voreis, principal program manager for Xbox Player Experiences and Platforms. “You can also adjust the audio and switch between Discord Voice and Xbox game chat.”

Transferring a Discord call to Xbox.
Image: Discord

Microsoft and Discord will begin rolling out this new integration to select Xbox Insiders today, and it will be rolled out to more testers in the coming weeks. It’s not clear when all Xbox owners will get Discord voice chat support, but Microsoft typically tests new Xbox features for a few weeks or months before rolling them out more broadly.

We’re still waiting to hear more about Sony’s promised Discord integration for PlayStation. Sony has partnered with Discord last year and also weeks later invested an unspecified amount of money as a minority investor in Discord Microsoft was rumored to be attempting to acquire the platform. The only Discord and PlayStation integration to appear to date has made it easy for Discord and PlayStation Network users link their accountsbut many were hoping for a much deeper integration, or a Discord app, after Sony promised to “bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile.”

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