Communication during the multiplayer game on any platform is important. One of the major features which Xbox One got onboard is Party Chat. While games did support in-game chats, this was much better because not only it became available across all major platforms, the kind of control it got on board is fantastic. Personally, its impossible to play a multiplayer game without Party Chat. In this post, we will see how to use Party Chat efficiently with its features on Xbox One, & Windows 10 PC, Android, iPhone, and iPad.
What is XBox One Party Chat
Imagine this like talking to multiple people on the phone using conference feature. Party Chat is a feature of Xbox One which works with every game. So in case, your game doesn’t have an in-game chat, you can invite people using Gamertag, and talk to them while gaming. It’s also great for having a casual chat, get into each other parties and meet friends, and just say hi!
Note: You will need a Microphone to make use of this on Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC. If you own a Kinect, that works, but having a headset delivers a much better experience.
How to use Party Chat on Xbox One
- Press the Xbox guide button, and then use the left bumper to navigate to the multiplayer section.
- Select Start a party.
- This will create the party with you as owner, and if your microphone is correctly configured, you should see a headphone icon against your profile.
- Now use the Invite More option to invite gamers from your friend list.
- And you are all set.
Its that simple, but then comes the feature list which makes it useful for gaming. Let’s talk about it one by one:
Invite Party to Game:
This feature lets you invite everyone to join your game. Invitations are sent to everyone, and if they press the Xbox guide button as soon as they receive it, it will launch the game, and take them to the multiplayer lobby.
This party chat act as a platform for everyone to discuss strategies or vote for a common goal, and so on. You can even invite fellow games to start broadcasting together on Mixer.
When in-game, it was impossible to figure out who is speaking. This was solved by Party Overlay. Whenever somebody used his or her mic, the Gamertag with an audio sign would appear. It made sure everyone can notice who is speaking. Under party section, you can turn this on, and also define where the overlay should appear. The default was set to top left.
Invite More & Text Chat:
You can keep inviting more people, and if your party is open to friends, others can join in as well. In case a person doesn’t have a microphone, he can always use text chat. I agree that its annoying to type in because you cannot play simultaneously, but sometimes I have accommodated good players. Their chat does appear in the notifications, and overlay, so it worked for small messages.
Party Chat Control:
Xbox does offer granular control for Party Chat in case you want to have some privacy or having an echo issue from someone, or if you are playing with a group of people, and just want to mute some of them.
- Make party invite-only.
- Mute party.
- Switch to Game chat. This is useful when you are having trouble with party chat. You don’t have to leave the party, and still hear each other.
- Mute yourself or mute others by pressing X on your controller.
- Open profile of gamers who joined the party.
- Remove from the party. (Only for those who start the party)
- Leave party.
Multiple Ways to Start Party Chat:
Party chat is natively integrated into Xbox One.
- You can always start a party from a group conversation, and invite everyone.
- Create a Looking for Group Post after starting a party, and everytime you approve somebody for the game, he or she gets a party invitation
- Invite individual profile to party.
How to Join a Party:
Using Party Chat on Windows 10
Party Chat on Windows 10 is a completely different beast, but its way to go if you play Xbox Play anywhere games or any game which doesn’t support Xbox Live. It works through the Xbox App.
Just before we start, here are few things you should know. The app offers same features of Party Chat as on Xbox One. You can invite your friends, invite to the game, join the party, and so on. It also offers text chat and party options.
Start a Party:
- Make sure you have Xbox One App Installed on your Windows 10 PC.
- Launch it, and on the right section, switch to the second option called Parties.
- Now click on Start Party.
- You should see the exact interface as Xbox One.
Note: If you don’t have Xbox One, you will still get same options. Just read through what we have explained above, and it should be enough to clearly understand everything.
Party Chat Settings:
- Control Volume: Using the slider, you can lower or increase the volume of the party.
- Change Audio Devices: This is an extra option we have seen compared to Xbox One. You can change audio device, i.e., speakers to headphone, just for the party.
- Notifications: Here you can control to get notifications for Party Invites.
Don’t have a Microphone for Xbox One?
When you launch the Xbox App on Windows 10 PC and switch to Party Chate here, it will disconnect party chat on Xbox One but will maintain the same state, i.e., you will be in the same party if you were on Xbox One.
So if you don’t have a headset for your Xbox One, you can always use Windows 10 Laptop to stay in the party and use any microphone to chat.
Which Apps support Party Chat on Windows 10
It’s an obvious question, but here is the deal. It works for every game. Any game on Windows 10 and Party Chat are totally different. You don’t really get native integration just like Xbox One, but you still get to play any multiplayer game on Windows 10 and do a party chat. Anytime you need to change anything in the party; you will have to switch between the game and the Xbox App.
Xbox App also has Store integrated which lets you find games for Windows 10, Xbox One and Xbox Game pass, all separately.
How to use Xbox party chat on Android & iOS
Since its the same Xbox App on both the platform, the steps are common. The biggest advantage of using it on mobile is you don’t have worry about microphone or having an external speaker. You can use your plan earphone, and stay connected with your friends, in the party.
- Install Android App from here or if you have an iPhone or iPad, download the iOS app from here.
- Sign-in with the same Xbox Account as on your Xbox One.
- Tap on the three people icon which is on the top bar.
- Tap on Start a party.
- Tap on the three people icon along the top bar > Start a party
- Now the same steps follow as we said in the Xbox App for Windows 10.
When you send the invite, notifications to your friends are sent everywhere they are signed in to your Xbox App. You can choose to listen on speaker or use a microphone or just like how you take a call.
I am sure you all use Party Chat. My question is how are using it? Do you find any features missing? What are they? Let us know in the comments.