Microsoft has just unveiled a major partnership with Discord to revolutionize voice chat on Xbox.
Even before the partnership between PlayStation and Discord announced last year resulted in the appearance of voice chat on Sony consoles, Xbox took the lead by integrating the VoIP giant into its interface. Goodbye complicated setups to chat with your friends during your console games, Microsoft solves all your problems with a native Xbox Discord client. Currently available as a test version only, this interface update will soon be launched on all Xbox Series X and S as well as Xbox One.
Far from the multiple features offered by Discord on PC and mobile, the Xbox client offers the basic options necessary for voice chat in a few clicks. It is then possible to join the voice channels of the servers to which you belong or to discuss via private conversations. To make the experience even more convenient, it is also possible to adjust the volume of other users intuitively. If you are eager to discover these features on your console, know thatit is already possible to start the test of Discord for Xbox.
How to install this new update?
At the time of writing, getting Discord on your console requires following a few specific steps. The first thing to do (if you haven’t already) is to join the Xbox Insiders program carefully following Microsoft’s instructions available at this address. Once this step is complete, you will have to wait for access to the latest update to be offered to you.
Then, the procedure to follow is rather simple and will only take a few minutes to link your Xbox and Discord accounts:
- Press the Xbox button to open the interface.
- Select the Groups and Chats tab to discover the option “Try Discord on Xbox”.
- A QR code to scan allows you to link your accounts.
- Joining a channel is done via the Discord application which will offer its own button “Join on Xbox” to transfer your conversation to your console.
Of course, these features are still experimental and may not work for you. Access to this test is also not guaranteed although Microsoft seems to be offering this update to most Xbox Insiders. In case of problems, do not hesitate to refer to the Xbox FAQ.