Is your voice sounding like a robot on Xbox Game Bar during voice chat? As reported by some Windows users, when they talk to their friends in party chat on Xbox Game Bar, their voice sounds robotic. However, voice chat works fine in other game chat software like Discord, Steam, etc.
This issue could be caused if your mic is not connected properly or if it is damaged physically. Apart from that, poor network connectivity can also lead to such audio issues during online voice chats. It could also be caused because of out-of-date or faulty audio drivers. Now, if you are experiencing this issue on Xbox Game Bar, this post is for you. You can use the solutions discussed here and fix the problem.
Xbox Game Bar sounds like a robot
If you sound like a robot or your voice is distorted in Xbox Game Bar on Windows, you can use the following fixes to resolve the issue:
- Check your microphone and ensure it is in proper working condition.
- Launch Recording Audio troubleshooter.
- Check your network connection.
- Modify sound sample rate and bit depth.
- Update or reinstall audio drivers.
- Roll back your audio driver.
1] Check your microphone and ensure it is in proper working condition
Your voice might sound robotic in Xbox Game Bar if your microphone is faulty or damaged. So, make sure your microphone is in proper working condition. Additionally, ensure that your mic is correctly connected to your computer.
You can try testing your microphone in other voice chat apps and see if you face the same problem or not. You can also test your microphone using Windows Settings. Open Settings using Win+I and go to the System > Sound section. Now, under the Input section, click on your active microphone and press the Start test button present next to the Test your microphone option. See if your mic is working fine and your voice is sounding normal. Else, use some other microphone.
On the other hand, if others’ voices sound like a robot to you on Xbox Game Bar, check your speakers and fix sound distortion issues on your PC.
If your microphone is properly connected and is working correctly in other apps or devices, use the next fix.
Read: Microphone is not working in Xbox app on Windows.
2] Launch Recording Audio troubleshooter
To fix problems related to your microphone, you can run the Recording Audio troubleshooter. It should be able to address issues while recording audio on your Windows PC. So, before getting your hands on advanced fixes, we recommend your launch the Recording Audio troubleshooter and let Windows fix the problem.
Here’s how you can do that:
- First, open Windows Settings by pressing the Win+I hotkey and go to the System tab.
- Now, click on the Troubleshoot option and then tap on the Other troubleshooters option.
- After that, scroll down to the Recording Audio troubleshooter and press the Run button associated with it.
- Windows will now try scanning related issues and recommend appropriate solutions. You can apply the most suitable fix using the onscreen instructions.
- Once done, check if your voice has stopped sounding like a robot in Xbox Game Bar.
See: Skype Audio or Microphone not working in Windows.
3] Check your network connection
If your internet connection is weak or unstable or if there is packet loss, your voice might sound distorted or robotic while chatting through Xbox Game Bar. Hence, ensure that your internet connection is working properly and there is no network connectivity issue. Try connecting to a different network connection and see if the issue is gone.
4] Modify sound sample rate and bit depth
You can change your microphone configuration including sound sample rate and bit depth and see if it works for you. This workaround has been proven to be effective for several affected users as reported on the official Microsoft Community page. So, you can try doing the same and see if the issue is resolved.
Follow the below instructions to change the sound sample rate and bit depth for your microphone on Windows 11/10:
- First, press the Win+I hotkey to launch the Settings app.
- Now, go to the System tab and click on the Sound option.
- Next, scroll down toward the bottom of the page and press the More sound settings option.
- After that, navigate to the Recording tab and select the active microphone device.
- Then, click on the Properties button and move to the Advanced tab in the Properties window.
- Now, click on the Default Format drop-down button and choose the 2-channel, 16-bit 48000 Hz (DVD Quality) option. Or, you can play with other sample rates and check what works well for you.
- Finally, press the Apply > OK button to save changes and see if the problem is fixed.
Read: Microphone not working in Microsoft Teams on Windows.
5] Update or reinstall audio drivers
If the above solutions didn’t work, it is likely that the problem is caused due to faulty or out-of-date audio drivers. Hence, you can try updating your audio drivers and see if the issue is fixed or not.
To do so, hit Win+I to open the Settings app and move to the Windows Update tab. Now, press the Advanced options > Optional Updates option and then look for Driver updates. After that, tick the audio driver and other device driver updates you want to install and press the Download & install button. Once done, check whether the issue is fixed or not.
In case updating audio drivers doesn’t work, you might be dealing with a corrupted audio driver. So, you can uninstall and then reinstall audio drivers to fix the issue. For that, follow the below steps:
- First, press Win+X and click on Device Manager.
- Now, expand the Audio inputs and outputs category and right-click on your microphone device.
- Next, select the Uninstall device option from the appeared context menu and follow prompted instructions to uninstall the driver.
- After that, reboot your computer and let Windows install the missing audio drivers.
- Finally, try chatting in Xbox Game Bar and check if your voice still sounds like a robot.
Read: Audio sounds funny and distorted like chipmunks on Windows PC.
6] Roll back your audio driver
If the problem occurred after installing a driver update recently, you can roll back your audio driver to a previous version. In some instances, devices start malfunctioning right after an update. So, if the same applies to you, revert to a previous version of your audio driver to fix the issue
How do I fix the sound on my Xbox Game Bar recording?
If you are unable to record audio in Xbox Game Bar, make sure you have chosen the correct input audio device (microphone) in the app. Apart from that, ensure that your mic is working correctly and correct microphone device is set as default on your Windows PC. This issue could be caused due to an outdated sound driver, so update your sound driver to its latest version to resolve the problem.
Does Xbox Game Bar record internal audio?
Xbox Game Bar lets you record system audio, mic audio, apps audio as well as in-game audio in recordings. You need to configure Xbox Game Bar settings accordingly to specify the audio you want to record. First, open Xbox Game Bar and click on the gear-shape (settings) icon. Now, move to the Capture tab, and under the AUDIO TO RECORD, you can select from the Game, All, and None options.
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