Microsoft has partnered with Discord to bring Discord voice calls to Xbox consoles for free in an unexpected move that was first announced for PlayStation over a year ago.
As confirmed in an Xbox blog post (opens in a new tab), the new feature will allow users to chat directly with anyone on Discord via voice channels or group calls from the Xbox console. This is a massive win for cross-platform gaming, something Microsoft has been championing for some time.
While the movie itself isn’t all that shocking, it’s the fact that Xbox received the new update before players on PS5 and PS4. Sony has announced its own Partnership with Discord in May 2021 – which also saw the company take a minority stake in the social messaging platform – and confirmed that voice chat will be available on its consoles in early 2022.
In February, it was then made possible for those on PlayStation to link their accounts and share their gaming activity via the user’s profile within the messaging platform. Full Discord integration like now on Xbox is still not available.
“As you play on your console, you’ll be able to see who’s in the call and who’s talking. You’ll also be able to adjust the sound and switch between Discord Voice and Xbox game chat,” Microsoft program manager Eric wrote. Voreis.
To start using the social platform, you must first download the Xbox mobile app before connecting your Xbox account to Discord itself. If this has already been done, you will need to do it again to accept the new voice permissions. After that, just start a call on Discord and choose the “forward to Xbox” option to continue chatting on the console.
It’s worth noting that there’s no dedicated Discord app on Xbox, and there’s no way to join a Discord call directly from the console, which means you still have to go through the mobile app.
Discord on Xbox is now available to anyone signed up for Xbox Insider Program (opens in a new tab) on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. The new update should then roll out to everyone fairly quickly.
It’s not all bad news for PlayStation, with Sony recently revealing that it’s working on a long overdue update for classic games on PS Plus.