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Microsoft brings voice chat to its beta Xbox Android app

Microsoft is adding voice chat to its beta Android Xbox app to give you a backup option if your headset dies or to organize your raiding parties.

Published onDecember 15, 2017

  • Microsoft is adding voice chat to the beta version of its Xbox App.
  • Allows members to instantly voice chat without using a third-party application like Discord or Teamspeak.
  • You can sign up to be a beta tester right now and download the app immediately.

For some, the social aspect of gaming is a key piece to how much they enjoy sitting down to shoot some zombies or run a raid. The centerpiece of that social interaction is voice chat. All major platforms now support it in one form or another. PlayStation and Xbox both have built-in group chats and the options are basically limitless if you play on PC.

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Xbox Live’s voice chat has always been looked at favorably. The party system has pretty good stability, and voices generally sound clear and crisp. But, the only problem with it is that you either had to be on your Xbox or using the windows Xbox app to use it. Now, that’s going to change as Microsoft is bringing voice chatting to its Android and iOS apps.

While this may not sound like a huge deal, we can definitely see the value here. More than once I’ve had a headset malfunction during a critical gaming session. If it happens again, I can just open up the app and get back in the game. It’ll also allow people who would typically have to jump into another app like Discord to voice chat direct access to each other.

The new feature is now live in the beta version of the Android and iOS apps. You can hit the button below to sign up to be a beta tester for Android and get the app.

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