Learn the Ins and Outs of Voice Chat Tools for Online Gaming

Coordinate your gameplay with others on the internet

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Playing games on the internet while interacting with a group of people is a popular mode of gaming. Online gamers who want to enhance the gaming experience use VoIP tools to communicate with their gaming friends. There are plenty of such tools, and just any PC-to-PC VoIP tool will do, but some are made especially for gamers. Here are the most prominent ones preferred by gamers.

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Discord is a relatively new app that is made by gamers and for gamers. It comes with an impressive list of features that cover all the features that the others VoIP services offer, and it is completely free. It uses one of the best codecs for VoIP, which makes voice communication smooth throughout your bandwidth-hungry games.

Other features include encryption, in-game overlay, smart push notifications, multiple channels, and direct messaging. It is available as a standalone program for Windows, Macs, Linux, iOS, and Android, and it also runs in a browser.  More »

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TeamSpeak has long been at the top of the list of VoIP tools for online gaming because its voice quality and service are top-notch. It has many servers and authorized providers around the world. The server and clients are free. As a result, you can host a server app and create a group of thousands of people. You pay only if you derive monetary benefits, either directly or indirectly from the use of the server. Otherwise, TeamSpeak is free for nonprofit users. Getting started with TeamSpeak is fast and easy. More »

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Ventrilo works similarly to TeamSpeak, and it is widely used by gamers. There are minor differences. Ventrilo is basic and has fewer features, but it has something that others don’t—its app is tiny and consumes few computer resources. This allows it to run smoothly on computers whose major load of resources goes to resource-greedy games. Also, Ventrilo requires little bandwidth for voice communication.  More »

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Mumble is open source software and therefore free. This online chat tool is actually the client app, and it works with another app called Murmur, which is the server counterpart. Basically, you have to host the server app, but third-party sites offer the service for a monthly fee. Configuring the server requires some technical skills.

Mumble offers low latency, high-quality voice and echo cancellations. It runs on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. More »

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