PS4 Voice chat quality. A bit pants?

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  • superweeble 16 Dec 2013 18:55:22 6 posts
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    I made the switch from XBOX 360 to PS4 and I've been very happy with the Playstation 'experience'. However, one of the downsides has been the poor quality of voice chat. It's terrible, worse even than the first generation XBOX service. Fuzzy is the best way I can describe it. What gives and can anything be done to improve it or do I just have a dodgy headset?

    Some people seem to use their Playstation camera microphone which picks up all kinds of background noise, that certainly does not help matters. Also noticed that only a small number of people seem to use their microphones in online multiplayer. Are Playstations players a shy bunch or are they all equally unhappy with the sound quality as me?

    It's a real shame as I always found playing Halo/CoD on Live with a full team of players with microphones to be far more rewarding. You can call out enemy positions and coordinate attacks increasing chances of a win.
  • mrpon 16 Dec 2013 19:10:23 29,390 posts
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    Are you chatting to Fuzzy_Duck?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • NotSoSlim 16 Dec 2013 19:11:12 3,142 posts
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    Buy a different headset. Issue sorted IGN and gamers confirmed as much
  • Tryhard 16 Dec 2013 19:14:44 4,200 posts
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    Seems okay for me even with the cheap muck they threw in the box.
  • MatMan562 16 Dec 2013 19:27:29 2,540 posts
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    My main problem with it is how quiet it is with the bundled in headset, don't think there's anyway to turn it up aswell.

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  • mcmothercruncher 16 Dec 2013 19:27:57 7,488 posts
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    There is less chat with Playstation owners than with Xbox'ers. I have no stats to back that up, but it's a pretty strong hunch.
  • Vortex808 16 Dec 2013 19:45:58 7,443 posts
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    MatMan562 wrote:
    My main problem with it is how quiet it is with the bundled in headset, don't think there's anyway to turn it up aswell.
    Have you turned it up more in the adjust devices bit you access by holding down the PS button on the controller?


    Chat seems ok on my PX5's. Not that there has been much so far. PSN does seem quieter than XBL, but the bluetooth/ps4 chat cable requirements for existing headphone users probably hasn't helped much so far.
  • saintedd 16 Dec 2013 19:49:04 310 posts
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    I was sure that the chat was invite only on ps4 or is that just in killzone.
    Also think it is very quiet on the chat side and i have turned it up full on a stereo headset, i have to turn game volume right down to here friends.
  • DUFFMAN5 16 Dec 2013 19:50:27 15,207 posts
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    @Vortex808
    Do you mean you have no one shouting "his got some sort of armoured plating on his legs"
    :-)

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  • Vortex808 16 Dec 2013 19:51:16 7,443 posts
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    Odd, It seems easily loud enough on my PX5's in BF4 with chat volume at half in the device settings for me. That's with game effects being quite loud too.
  • NotSoSlim 16 Dec 2013 19:56:21 3,142 posts
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    @Vortex808 - as I said better headset means better quality
  • Vortex808 16 Dec 2013 20:10:11 7,443 posts
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    DUFFMAN5 wrote:
    @Vortex808
    Do you mean you have no one shouting "his got some sort of armoured plating on his legs"
    :-)
    You say that like it's a bad thing.

    Oh wait, he's saying it again. And again... ;-)

    Edited by Vortex808 at 20:10:29 16-12-2013
  • superweeble 16 Dec 2013 21:17:38 6 posts
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    Just seems to be a lot of background buzz. I've used the Sony headset, an Apple headset or just listening to others via my TV without a headset plugged in at all. Lots of crackle, buzzing and just general poor quality. More like 1970's cassette tape than CD.

    With Live it's very easy to clearly hear up to 8 different talking at the same time, on PSN you struggle to hear even one person that sounds crystal clear. I have my PS4 connected via cable so no WiFi interference, could the buzz be picked from my and others bluetooth controller connection?

    There's seems to be plenty of French and Germans chatting just not many UK folk. Very odd.
  • ElNuevo9 16 Dec 2013 22:00:45 13,536 posts
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    Found the quality to be excellent, personally.

    Use party chat with my brother and it's been flawless.

    Hated, adored, never ignored.

  • captainrentboy 16 Dec 2013 23:26:25 1,057 posts
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    Party chatting with 4 mates has given me no problems. I'm using some fairly decent Turtle Beaches and they're using a mixture of headsets and the camera.
  • HarryB 17 Dec 2013 00:10:03 6,316 posts
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    Only played battlefield 4 but I've never heard a single person speak and I've clocked 12 hours this weekend?!

    I have the PlayStation camera, should the speech be coming through my TV speakers?

    Very weird to me coming from Xbox which is very vocal
  • philparry80 17 Dec 2013 00:21:34 27 posts
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    I wondered this recently too after jumping off COD Ghosts on Xbox One onto PS4 and i couldn't hear a thing it was really fuzzy.

    Xbox One/PS4 : PhilParry

  • FuzzyDuck 17 Dec 2013 00:22:09 4,675 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Are you chatting to Fuzzy_Duck?
    Voices comms from my side should be great, I recently shaved off my giant beard that was causing the eponymous fuzz.

    Alas, doing so also made some small woodland creatures homeless :(
  • Defecationqueen 17 Dec 2013 01:29:59 591 posts
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    I wonder if fewer gamers speak on Playstation than on Xbox because there are more Euro-gamers on Playstation meaning you're less likely to understand/be understood by other players so people simply don't bother? Xbox (360) = 'Mericuh! = English language.
  • Vortex808 17 Dec 2013 09:33:50 7,443 posts
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    There were plenty of french, germans, italians and spanish chatting on XBL over the years too. It never stopped anyone gabbing away.
  • superweeble 21 Dec 2013 09:45:18 6 posts
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    So, I've now used group party chart and the quality is great. It just seems to be the in game chat in CoD that is pants. Interestingly Killzone doesn't even seem to support multiplayer in game chat . I wonder if these launch day games just ran out of time to optimise/implement the feature?
  • effinjamie 21 Dec 2013 10:35:46 903 posts
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    For BF4, I found I couldn't hear any one speaking until I went into settings and turned audio chat up to max. I'm using Astro A40's.

    PSN - effinjamie Xbox - effinjamie

  • kadooosh 22 Dec 2013 13:12:19 1,524 posts
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    Anyone know how you turn the mic off on the camera if you don't want to use it?
  • OptimusPube 22 Dec 2013 13:47:47 3,222 posts
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    kadooosh wrote:
    Anyone know how you turn the mic off on the camera if you don't want to use it?
    Yeah unplug it.

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  • wayneh 22 Dec 2013 14:23:44 2,385 posts
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    Any news on a firmware update to enable bluetooth headsets? I'm happy with the Sony one I was using on the PS3

    Act like a dumbshit and they will treat you as an equal

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