PSA: Rocket League’s new cross-platform voice chat is on by default

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The free-to-play title from Psyonix rocket league received a new update and made “voice chat” available on all platforms.

While this type of update is normally welcome in many online communities, in the case of Rocket League not everyone is thrilled with this new update. Some in the community are concerned that the toxicity is now spreading via voice chat. Fortunately, you can disable this option…

This new audio option is enabled by default, so you’ll need to head into the game’s settings if you want to disable it. Another issue is that voice chat communication (which includes cross-platform communication) will be limited to “Party Chat” and “Team Chat”, and there is no voice communication with opposing teams.

Despite the limitations in place, some players are still “afraid” of the dialogue that teammates can engage in in-game. Here are some of the responses to this update (via social media):

Below are the voice chat patch notes (via Rocket League). You can see the latest update in full on the game’s official website.

Voice chat

  • Voice chat is now available for players on all platforms
    • With the release of v2.15, Voice Chat is enabled by default for all players
    • Voice chat is fully cross-platform
  • Voice chat options are Group chat and team chat. You cannot speak with opposing teams in voice chat
  • When voice chat is enabled, you will see a voice channel (with a small headset icon) appears in your friends list. You can join, leave, or switch voice channels from this tab.
    • When you join a team in a match, you will be placed in a team voice channel
    • When you join or form a group, you will be placed in a group voice channel. This channel displays all members of your party who have voice chat enabled
  • Voice chat settings can be found by going to Settings -> Chat -> Voice Chat Settings
    • Activate voice chat: Checked by default; uncheck the box to disable voice chat
    • [PC Only] Voice chat input device: Select the microphone or other input device you want to use.
    • [PC Only] Voice chat output device: Select the output (speakers, headphones, etc.) you want to use.
    • Push to talk: Check this box to use an assigned key to activate your input device. You can change your bond under Settings -> Controls -> View/Edit Bonds -> Scroll down to Voice Chat (Push To Talk)
    • Favorite voice channel: Choose whether to default to group chat or team chat when both are available
    • Main Menu Notifications: Displays the names of players who are talking in the main menu
    • Match notifications: Shows the names of the players who are talking during a match
    • Text chat notifications: Show notifications in text chat when players leave or rejoin voice chat
  • You can adjust the incoming voice chat volume under Settings -> Audio -> Voice Chat

What do you think of this new voice chat feature? Will you use it? Are you still playing Rocket League? Leave a comment below.

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