Discord voice chats are finally coming to Xbox consoles, but it’s complicated

Discord voice chats are coming to Xbox. Starting today, those participating in Microsoft’s Xbox Insider Beta program can test the functionality ahead of a wider rollout later this year. The feature allows Discord users on Xbox, PC, and mobile to join the same voice channel, improving communication when playing cross-platform games such as . However, the integration isn’t as seamless as simply downloading Discord onto your Xbox.

You must first connect your Xbox account to Discord. If you previously did this to allow your Discord contacts to see yours, you will need to do this again to give the app voice permissions on your Xbox console. You can find the option to connect your accounts in Discord’s user settings. Click or tap the gear icon, navigate to the Connections menu, select the Xbox icon, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

Screenshots describing the process of transferring Discord voice chats to an Xbox console. The user must first join a voice channel and then select


Since the entire process is a series of handoffs, you’ll need to download the Xbox Mobile App afterwards. To talk to your friends, join a voice channel via Discord, where you’ll see a new Join on Xbox button. Tap that and the Xbox app will automatically open on your phone, only to ask which console to route the call audio to. Now imagine doing this every time you want to use Discord on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S.

It’s not the most elegant process, but it’s still something Discord users have been waiting for since the company first announced it. The integration may also offer a glimpse of how Sony plans to add Discord voice chat to its . Discord hasn’t said exactly when voice chat will be available to all Xbox users, although the feature is expected to be available later this year.

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