Microsoft this week announced that the beta for its main Xbox iOS app will soon allow testers to enable party chat and speak with friends who are in a party on Xbox One, with a wide launch expected to follow. Those interested can sign up for the Xbox app beta, run through Apple's TestFlight program, on Microsoft's website. The party chat mode is already available on the Android beta of the Xbox app, as spotted on Reddit (via Engadget).

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Details on the party chat feature are scarce, but it appears that it will work similarly to Nintendo's Switch Online mobile app, although likely won't be as game-specific. Nintendo's app was created due to the fact that the Switch console itself lacks a voice chat feature, so players in online games like Splatoon 2 are required to use the Switch Online app if they want to talk with friends. As of today, Splatoon 2 is still the only game supported in the app, despite numerous other online games being available for Switch, like Mario Kart 8.

For the Xbox app, players will be able to chat with their friends who are playing on Xbox -- or on the mobile app themselves -- even when not at home near their console. Otherwise, the app allows users to view their friend list, send messages, post updates and game clips, purchase games on the store, and more. The Xbox app is available to download for free on the iOS App Store [Direct Link].

Top Rated Comments

mcdspncr Avatar
52 months ago
Very handy for Minecraft now that Realms is cross compatible with Xbox and iOS. My friends and I have used Skype a few times while one or multiple of us have been on the iPad version and others on the Xbox. But nobody seemed to like that solution as much as native Xbox chat.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Codyak Avatar
52 months ago
Perfect timing, my headset just broke!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ratigator Avatar
52 months ago
Wonder how many people will actually use this. As a gamer, I don't even use the in-game chat, and this just seems like an extra step and too much work, but I guess I'm weird. I play games to get away from social interaction, especially from many of the types of people you normally hear chatting on Xbox Live. Nintendo has chat in the app because they don't have any other way to do it. This doesn't seem like something a lot of people would be clamoring for, but I am encouraged that Microsoft is actually putting some effort into their mobile app.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nunyabinez Avatar
52 months ago
Actually, this could be very useful. I primarily use Discord, being a member of the Glorious PC Master Race.

But for those who have friends that play games across platforms, this would be quite handy.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
goobot Avatar
52 months ago
This is cool.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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