What are the best voice chat software for gaming?
Voice communication is essential when playing online with your teammates. Whether it's for playing an FPS or managing your guild in an MMORPG, the solution for online discussions must be lightweight, efficient, complete, and cross-platform. Although some legacy software like Skype and Hangouts still dominate the market in this area, there are many other solutions more suited for gamers.
Teamspeak is the market leader in group voice communication. It brought the idea of servers with user management. In addition, it is the first to have introduced two options: push-to-talk (PTT) and sound detection to turn on the microphone. Although it can be used for any type of audio conferencing, Teamspeak is appreciated for its low consumption of system resources, its ease of use and its many administration and moderation options. Today, its aging interface and price could cause it to lose market share.
Specifically designed for gamers, Mumble is a high quality voice communication program with very low latency that allows you to talk to your fellow gamers. Mumble has a simple administration interface that allows you to assign permissions to each user. It also offers an overlay to view in the game window the players connected to a chat room. Its advanced audio options also allow you to enjoy good quality discussions.
Discord is an instant messaging service for voice and text messages specially designed for gamers. Created as an alternative to TeamSpeak, Discord adapts perfectly to your gaming habits and allows you to use as many servers as you want, without any limitations.
Discord stands out from its competitors, and Skype in particular, by promising to not slow down any part of the game when you make calls. This is because the program uses very few CPU resources.
Riot is an open source communication service that provides its users with everything they need to communicate, exchange ideas ,and work on common projects from a single platform. Developed using the Matrix.org secure communication network, Riot encrypts your exchanges from end to end, which gives it a very good reputation.
Riot is not made specifically for gamers but remains an excellent free and secure solution for everyone.
Overtone is another great voice chat app for gamers which you can use to connect with your friends while playing games. The app is simple to use and it’s based on Vivox, one of the best integrated voice chat service that is used by popular games like Fortnite Battle Royale, PUBG, League of Legends, etc. Overtone aims to bring this exclusive technology to gamers around the world, making it a great alternative for Discord.
Of course, this list is non-exhaustive and there are many other alternatives: From general use software like Jitsi, Jami, and Ventrilo to more gaming-oriented software like Steam Chat and Blizzard Battle.net, you have a wide variety of choices that will certainly allow you to find the software that suits you best.
Let me know in the comments if you recommend other great software for communication while gaming. 🙂
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