Discord voice chat is now available on console for Xbox Insiders, with a full rollout coming soon.
The popular messaging app has arrived on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, Xbox announced (opens in new tab) on its official news site. Players will now be able to link their Discord and Microsoft accounts in a banner, allowing you to access your Discord friends list on Xbox consoles.
Discord integration is not replacing Xbox’s existing chat system. However, it is set to be a fantastic solution for having fun with crossplay compatible titles. Your friends and Discord community members can now share the same party across Xbox, mobile and PC.
How to Link Your Discord Account to Xbox
As mentioned, you will need to sign up for the Xbox Insider program to use Discord on the platform. However, Microsoft noted that it “will be available to everyone soon”. Read our guide on joining the Xbox Insider program to get started.
If you’re an Xbox Insider, you can access Discord on Xbox relatively easily. Just hit the center Xbox home button on your controller, navigate to Parties and chatsthen select Try Discord Voice on Xbox.
Scan the QR code that appears on the screen with your phone and you will be able to link your Discord and Microsoft accounts, giving you access to the new functionality.
Why Discord on Xbox is so important
Cross-platform multiplayer support has exploded in recent years, with big games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, and Fall Guys embracing the feature. Many of the best crossplay games, however, lack dedicated group chat functionality to facilitate chatting with friends across all platforms.
Discord has always been a great app for this, but unless you’re on PC, you’re not going to get a balanced audio experience between game and party. Now that Discord has arrived on Xbox, though, you won’t have to compromise one or the other to chat with friends online.
Discord coming to Xbox is also fantastic for games that have larger Discord communities around them. Want to make more friends by partying in cross-play games like Minecraft or Apex Legends? You can access any community you’ve joined via Discord on Xbox, start a voice chat party, and start playing right away.
We can’t wait for Discord to fully release to players outside of the Xbox Insider Program. Fortunately, Microsoft and Discord can use the current Insider release to resolve any issues for a seamless experience when it comes to the full release.