Discord voice chat is now available on console for Xbox Insiders, with a full release rolling out soon.
The popular messaging app has landed on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, Xbox announced (opens in new tab) on the official news site. Players can now link their Discord and Microsoft accounts under one banner, giving you access to your Discord friends list on Xbox consoles.
Discord integration does not replace Xbox’s existing party chat system. However, it becomes a fantastic solution to party for crossplay supported titles. Your friends and members of the Discord community can now share the same party across Xbox, mobile and PC devices.
How to link your Discord account to Xbox
As mentioned before, you must be enrolled in the Xbox Insider program to currently use Discord on the platform. However, Microsoft has noted that it will be “available to everyone soon”. Read our guide on how to join the Xbox Insider Program to get started.
If you’re an Xbox Insider, you can access Discord on Xbox with relative ease. Just touch the central Xbox Home button on your controller, navigate to Parties & chatsand then select Try Discord Voice on Xbox.
Scan the QR code that appears on the screen with your phone and you can link your Discord and Microsoft accounts together, giving you access to the new functionality.
Why Discord on Xbox is so important
Cross-platform multiplayer support has exploded in recent years, with massive games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, and Fall Guys embracing the feature. However, many of the best crossplay games don’t have dedicated party chat functionality to make chatting with friends on different platforms easier.
Discord has always been a great app for this, but unless you’re on PC, you won’t get a balanced audio experience between the game and the party. However, now that Discord has come to Xbox, you don’t have to compromise on one or the other to chat with friends online.
Discord coming to Xbox is also great for games with larger Discord communities around them. Want to make more friends by partying in cross-play games like Minecraft or Apex Legends? You can access all the communities you’ve joined through Discord on Xbox, start a voice chat party, and start playing right away.
We can’t wait for Discord to fully roll out to players outside the Xbox Insider program. Hopefully, Microsoft and Discord can use the current Insider rollout to iron out any kinks for a seamless experience when it comes to the full release.