Xbox Discord Integration is a Dream for Crossplay Multiplayer

Xbox Discord Integration is a Dream for Crossplay Multiplayer

In a crossplay-driven world, third-party voice chat options are pretty much always preferable to console’s native system. I was playing the Overwatch 2 beta these past few weeks, and while it would have been possible to use my PS5’s controller speaker to communicate with my friends playing on other platforms through in-game chat, it was much better for all of us to just hop on a Discord call and coordinate our plays there. It feels like Discord and most console manufacturers know this. PlayStation announced last year it’s working with Discord to bring better communication to its consoles (though, the integration has only allowed you to link your accounts rather than use the voice chat in the system), and now, Xbox is integrating the social platform’s voice chat into its systems.

A post on the Xbox Wire explains Discord voice chat integration will be rolling out to Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S users, allowing players to join voice channels accessible to anyone using the Discord app. This means easy access to people using Discord on other devices, such as on their phone or PC, all without any of the barriers that come from using native voice chat. Even in the past few years as I’ve become more acquainted with Discord, I often had to stay hooked into my laptop or using my phone to be able to play games sitting on my couch while keeping in contact with friends. Having that directly integrated into a console is one way around all the extra devices I’ve had to use just to have access to a superior voice chat option.

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Altogether, this is great way to streamline cross-platform voice chat and just feels more in-line with how crossplay is becoming a standard in multiplayer games. Discord integration is rolling out first for members of the Xbox Insiders program, which allows users to test out upcoming features early, with a wider launch expected in the coming weeks.