Does Rocket League Have Voice Chat?

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How does Rocket League's voice chat work? Or, does it even have functioning voice chat at all?
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What is the deal with voice chat in Rocket League? | © Psyonix

Rocket League is an innately social game. For a team to be successful in competitive play they need to communicate, and whilst text-based messages work well in Rocket League, nothing will ever compare to the speed of voice chat. The game has crossplay over a large number of systems, it has gone free-to-play, and each vehicle uses one of six hitboxes – such as the Octane or Dominus variations – further aiding in the game's balance. This all being said, playing without voice chat will always put you at a disadvantage.

So what's the deal with Voice Chat in Rocket League? How does it work and what is the best way to communicate with your team mates? The best way to communicate, of course, is by playing the game in a LAN tournament, but let's be real: no one wants to hang out for-real anymore! So let's take a look at this bizarre human phenomenon and break down Rocket League's social features, answering the seemingly important question "does Rocket League have voice chat?"

Is there Voice Chat in Rocket League?

Voice chat is not available in Rocket League at the moment, after Psyonix disabled it a number of months ago. This is not such a bad thing, as the in-game voice chat was completely broken before Psyonix and Epic Games decided to make this move. In a blog post on the Rocket League Support website, Psyonix revealed that players can only type messages on Rocket League, but not to players on other platforms.

Thus, despite the fact that Rocket League is crossplay, the game neither has voice chat nor cross-platform text chat. This is a major problem, as it means that the only way to truly communicate with your team is to use alternative voice chat methods. We will address this next, but first we want to also note that Psyonix have said that voice chat will return to Rocket League in a future update. Whilst there are rumors in the community, and it is generally accepted knowledge that these features will return in Season 6, nothing has been positively confirmed as of writing. We will keep you updated.

How to Chat with Friends in Rocket League

Seeing as there is no integrated voice chat in Rocket League, players need to turn to different methods of communication. Thus, we are breaking down our recommendations for each of platform...

Rocket League Voice Chat on PlayStation

We would recommend using the dedicated voice chat available via the Party System in PS Plus. This is a very efficient and easy system to use, it's quick and if you have internet that's good enough to play Rocket League online, then you'll have no problem doing this. Simply add your friends as PlayStation friends and then use the integrated voice chat system.

Rocket League Voice Chat on Xbox

Similarly to the system on PlayStation, we would recommend using the Xbox Online Network to talk with your friends. Again, make a party and start voice chatting with your friends over your Xbox Live account.

Rocket League Voice Chat on PC

Either using Steam or the Epic Games Store (preferably Steam) make a group chat with your friends, connect your headset to the PC and use that to voice chat in Rocket League. You can run these applications in the background while playing Rocket League with no problem at all. Steam Chat is your best option as it is a fantastic and well-designed chat system.

Rocket League Voice Chat on Nintendo Switch

Well the first thing is... just don't. We would recommend ignoring the Nintendo Switch's online infrastructure, putting Steam on your mobile phone, and using this for voice chatting. Seriously, it might seem like a bit of a roundabout way, but you really won't regret it.

There you go, it's time to play Rocket League, and now that you've read our article... you can talk to your friends at the same time. This is hugely important, but you know what? I've already explained why, so you can bugger off. I am going to play Rocket League now! Bye-bye.