Discord Voice chat is coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, Microsoft and Discord announced Wednesday.
With the added cross-platform support, players from Xbox, PC and mobile can all gather into one Discord Voice channel within servers, Direct Messages and Group DMs. The feature has already started to be rolled out to Xbox Insiders, with a wider release said to be coming soon later this year.
How to Join Discord Voice Chat on Xbox
For those in the Xbox Insider program who are looking to join Discord chats on their tester consoles ASAP, you'll first need to link your Discord and Xbox accounts, regardless of if you've already done so in the past:
- Open the guide by pressing the Xbox button on your controller
- Go to "Parties & chats" and select "Try Discord Voice on Xbox"
- Scan the QR code
- The QR code will take you to the Discord and Xbox apps to connect and set up a two-way link between your Discord account and Xbox
Next, being that simply Discord Voice chat is being added to Xbox and not the full server functionality, you will have to use the Discord mobile app to join a server/channel, then use the Xbox mobile app to set up the chat:
- Hop in a Voice channel using Discord on mobile
- Select the new option to transfer the call to your Xbox, and the Xbox mobile app will automatically open up
- In the Xbox mobile app, hit confirm
- The Xbox app will transfer the voice chat from your Discord account to your Xbox
While you are playing on your console, you will be able to see who is in the call and speaking. You’ll also be able to adjust the sound and switch between Discord Voice and Xbox game chat.
Ultimately, it is a bit odd that Discord Voice functionality has come to Xbox before PlayStation considering Sony first announced it was working to integrate Discord into PlayStation consoles in May 2021 and is a minority investor in the social platform.
Weeks before that announcement, in April 2021, Discord reportedly cut off negotiations with Microsoft over a potential acquisition worth $10 billion.