The free-to-play title of Psyonix Rocket League has received a new update and has made “voice chat” available on all platforms.
While these types of updates are normally welcome in many online communities, in the case of Rocket League, not everyone is thrilled with this new update. Some community members are concerned that toxicity may now be spread via voice chat. Fortunately, you can turn this option off…
This new audio option is enabled by default, so you’ll need to go to the game’s settings if you want to disable it. Another caveat is that voice chat communications (including cross-platform communications) will be limited to “Party Chat” and “Team Chat”, and there will be no voice communications with other teams.
Despite the applicable limits, some players are still “afraid” of the dialogue teammates can throw at each other in-game. Here are just some of the reactions to this update (via social media):
Below are the patch notes from the voice chat (via Rocket League). You can check out the latest update in full on the official game website.
- Voice Chat is now available to players on all platforms
- With the release of v2.15, Voice Chat default on for all players
- Voice Chat is completely cross-platform
- Voice Chat options are: party chat and team chat† You can’t talk to other teams in Voice Chat
- If Voice Chat is enabled, you will see a Voice channel tab (with a small headset icon) appear in your friends list. You can join, leave or switch between 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 party, you are placed in a Party Voice channel. This channel will show everyone in your group that has Voice Chat enabled
- Voice chat settings can be found by going to Settings -> Chat -> Voice Chat Settings
- Enable Voice Chat: Checked by default; uncheck to disable Voice Chat
- [PC Only] Voice Chat Input Device: Select which microphone or other input device to use.
- [PC Only] Voice chat output device: Select which output (speakers, headphones, etc.) you want to use.
- Push to talk: Check this box to use a mapped key to turn on your input device. You can change your binding under Settings -> Control -> View/change bindings -> Scroll down to Voice Chat (Push To Talk)
- Preferred voice channel: Choose whether to use Party Chat or Team Chat by default if both are available
- Notifications in the main menu: Shows names of speaking players in the main menu
- Match notifications: Shows names of speaking players during a match
- Text chat notifications: Displays notifications in text chat when players leave or join Voice Chat
- You can adjust the volume of the incoming voice chat under Settings -> Audio -> Voice Chat
What do you think of this new voice chat feature? Are you going to use it? Do you still play Rocket League? Leave a comment below.