With the advent of access to crossplay features in big-name games, more and more players from different consoles and platforms are interacting. This makes a lot of them question – how can they chat and talk to each other outside of the games?
Xbox’s Party Chat feature is not accessible to players on a PlayStation 4. Currently, there is no built-in chat system on either console that can support chat between players from different platforms. However, you can use methods like Discord, Skype, in-game chats, and creating new Xbox accounts.
Because crossplay is a new type of game feature, there is still a lot out there to learn about how it works. As more and more games feature this aspect, we are going to dive into how chat workarounds work, and what you can do to continue to connect with players using consoles while being on another platform and vice-versa. Keep reading to learn more!
Can You Chat Between PS4 And Xbox Using Party Chat?
In general, there is no app on either console that can connect with the other, to enable voice comms and chat. While Xbox has a Party Chat feature, this is only open to users from the same console and is not accessible on the PlayStation.
While you can still connect with your friends across platforms, you can only do so outside of built-in features. Therefore, you will need to connect with your friends using alternative apps like Skype or Discord.
However, before you lose faith in ever connecting with friends using this method, there are some workarounds you can try. These may not work for all people, so you can view each one on its merits and decide if it is right for you.
Connect Using the Xbox App
One of the ways that you can continue to connect with people whether they are on Xbox or the PlayStation 4 is using the Xbox app. To do this, while playing, the person on the PlayStation can download the Xbox app on their mobile phone.
Once they download the app, all they need to do is to create a new account. Using this, they can access a Party Chat and join in through their mobile speaker or using headphones such as the AirPods from Apple.
This may make things a little more distracting for the person using the Xbox app, but in general, is a solid workaround to keep everyone connected in one place.
Playing Games That Support Cross-Play
Another way that you can chat with people from other platforms is to use games that support crossplay. An example of this is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This is a game that you can play with other users of different consoles, including the Xbox and PlayStation 4 platforms.
This is not going to cause issues because there are plenty of cross-platform games out there. However, since this is still new technology, you will likely need to spend some time waiting if your favorite games do not support this feature just yet.
If you are curious, there are plenty of games that already support crossplay. Here are some of the biggest names that allow for crossplay:
- Rocket League
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
In-game chat does not lend you much privacy, but you can mute other players if you just want to hear from your friend. This gives you a chance to play with people even if they don’t use the same console as you.
Enable Crossplay On Xbox and PlayStation
To use cross-play, you also need to enable it on your console itself. There are different ways to do this on either the Xbox or the PlayStation, so keep in mind our instructions for each platform.
For the Xbox, enabling crossplay is something you choose when you go to your Settings menu. Over there, you will find an option labeled ‘Gameplay Privacy.’ From here, you select the option ‘Allow cross-platform play.’ This will open up the doors to the world of crossplay gaming on your Xbox console.
On the PlayStation, the process is somewhat similar. You can go to the Options menu to see the User Interface tab. From here, you can choose the option ‘Enable Crossplay.’ You can choose if this is for the PS4 only, or only on the console.
Other Methods To Chat Between Cross-Platform Users
You can also use other methods to chat when considering cross-platform players. One of the most commonly used systems is Discord, which is highly regarded by the gaming community. To set up a server, you need to follow these steps:
- Open up the Discord app on your PC or phone.
- Sign in to the Discord account you set up.
- Select the Plus sign on the left of the window.
- You can now choose the option ‘Create a server.’
- Choose the name of the new server, and then select ‘Create.’
Aside from Discord, there are plenty of other options out there. For example, a popular option is also TeamSpeak, which is more centered towards audio, whereas Discord does support audio but also has extensive chat features.
|Hosting||Hosted by Discord||Hosted by you|
|User-friendliness||Highly user-friendly||Less user-friendly|
|Control of voice quality||Limited||Extensive|
|Free use||Yes||Yes, but will require payment for more|
than 32 users in the same server
Ultimately, you can choose the platform you use based on whatever factors are the most important to you. However, it is a good idea to stress on how well the platform can perform in terms of audio services available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
After reading through this article, there is no doubt that there may be questions on your mind regarding this process. Well, we’ve answered some of the common questions we have come across on the Internet.
Q1. What can you use as a PlayStation mic?
As long as the mic has the standard jack to connect with the PlayStation, you can use it. Most headphones can double as mics and are perfectly compatible to use with the PlayStation.
Q2. Can you use your AirPods with the PlayStation 4?
No, you cannot use your AirPods with the PlayStation 4. This is because they use a Bluetooth connection and such a connection is not supported by the console.
Q3. Do Apple AirPods work with the Xbox?
Unfortunately, just like with the PlayStation, you cannot connect Apple AirPods to the Xbox, as the console does not support audio connection via Bluetooth.
Connecting with users on other platforms seems like a no-brainer, but crossplay is still new to the world of gaming. While we can hope new services develop over time, for now, most people have to resort to workarounds or alternatives. We hope this article has helped clarify how you can tackle such a situation!