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Psyonix's free-to-play title Rocket League has received a new update, and it's made "voice chat" available across all platforms.

While this kind of update is normally a welcome one within many online communities, in the case of Rocket League, not everyone is overjoyed by this new update. Some members of the community are worried toxicity could now be spread through voice chat. Fortunately, you can turn this option off...

This new audio option is enabled by default, so you'll have to make your way into the game's settings if you do want to disable it. One other catch is that voice chat communication (which includes cross-platform communication) will be limited to "Party Chat" and "Team Chat", and there are no voice comms with opposing teams.

Despite the limits in place, some players are still "scared" about the dialogue teammates may hurl at each other in-game. Here are just some of the responses to this update (via social media):

Below are the voice chat patch notes (via Rocket League). You can see the latest update in full over on the official game website.

Voice Chat

  • Voice Chat is now available to players on all platforms
    • With the release of v2.15, Voice Chat is on by default for all players
    • Voice Chat is fully cross-platform
  • Voice Chat options are Party Chat and Team Chat. You cannot speak with opposing teams in Voice Chat
  • When Voice Chat is enabled, you will see a Voice Channel tab (with a little headset icon) appear in your Friends List. You can join, leave or switch Voice Channels from this tab.
    • When you join a team in a match, you will be placed into a Team Voice Channel
    • When you join or form a party, you will be placed into a Party Voice Channel. This Channel shows everyone in your party that has Voice Chat enabled
  • Voice Chat settings can be found by going to Settings -> Chat -> Voice Chat Settings
    • Enable Voice Chat: Checked by default; uncheck the box to disable Voice Chat
    • [PC Only] Voice Chat Input Device: Select which microphone or other input device you want to use.
    • [PC Only] Voice Chat Output Device: Select which output (speakers, headphones, etc.) you want to use.
    • Push To Talk: Check this box to use an assigned key to enable your input device. You can change your binding under Settings -> Controls -> View/Change Bindings -> Scroll down to Voice Chat (Push To Talk)
    • Preferred Voice Channel: Choose whether to default to Party Chat or Team Chat when both are available
    • Main Menu Notifications: Displays names of speaking players while in the Main Menu
    • Match Notifications: Displays names of speaking players while in a match
    • Text Chat Notifications: Displays notifications in text chat when players leave or join Voice Chat
  • You can adjust incoming Voice Chat volume under Settings -> Audio -> Voice Chat

What do you think of this new voice chat feature? Will you be making use of it? Are you still playing Rocket League? Leave a comment down below.