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Edit, I want to make it clear that I am talking about Stadia on the Chromecast Ultra, I could use my OnePlus 8 pro, but that would just be insane when I have 2 CCUs plugged into a 43 inch TV in the bedroom and a 55 in my front room, both with very good sounding Dolby Atmos speakers. 

 

I just hit what I would call the first major problem with Stadia. 

I was invited to join a party, thought I'd chat with some fellow gamers and accepted the invite. 

I remember reading back in January that you'd eventually be able to use the in built mic or a wireless headset for party chat, so I quickly checked, and found that I needed a 3.5mm headset to use the mic, this is a problem for 2 reasons. 

1, I don't own a wired headset 

2, Far more importantly, I didn't pay over £1000 on a soundbar to play games on a headset.

 

I'm now left with 3 options.

1, Simply forget about voice chat (not an option) 

2, Buy a £5 headset with terrible sound (also not an option) 

3, Buy a decent wired headset, that will only be used for Stadia (this is an obscene waste of money, I already bought the Jaybird Tarah Pros, and the echo buds, both of which have excellent sound quality)

 

What we need is option 4!

Use the headset jack for mic only, and let us chose the sound output. 

 

If I'm wrong in any way, or have incorrect / out of date info, please correct me. 

 

Come on Google, make Stadia the benchmark for the future of gaming, and get rid of bugs like this! 

 

Add me ClassicRando#6222 

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I play PUBG and the built-in mic works just fine. I use regular headphones for listening.

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You're missing the point, I just want to be able to put a mic in the controller, and still listen to the audio from my outrageously expensive soundbar and satellite speakers. 

 

I occasionally binge game for a whole weekend when I play Ark on my PC, there will come a time when I spend 20+ hours on Google Stadia, with the need for voice chat, and even the very comfortable looking Sennheiser headset I just bought will both become extremely uncomfortable and (even though are a very nice headset) will not sound as good as my normal setup in either room I use.

 

Stadia need to give us the option to chose our audio output, or the ability to just use a 3.5mm jack mic with no headset, without cancelling out the audio from my soundbar and speakers.

 

At this rate people will just use discord, and the party chat feature will remain largely underused.

 

@StadiaTeam, I love your platform, you have a fan already, but the lack of chat functionality is frustrating to say the least, we need a discord style chat and voice function, or just discord integration.

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Gotcha... Didn't realize the built-in mic gets turned off if headphones are not connected to the controller. I only play at night and playing games loud isn't an option for me, 

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Wow, this is kind of ironic. Like what if somebody wants to use their new Pixel Buds with Stadia but they can't because the microphone is disabled or incompatible. I hope this gets fixed soon. Hehe

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I didn't pay over £1000 on a soundbar to play games on a headset

No matter how good your soundbar is, not using a headset or at least headphones while in voice chat with others is still a not-very-nice move. Your microphone will pick up game sound and echo it back to your mates. Your microphone will pick up the voices of your mates and potentially cause painful feedbacks. Sure, these things can be countered software-wise, but only to a certain point.

There's always the one person on the teamspeak/discord who does not know/care about this and must be muted.

So sorry, but if you want to be a nice person (I think the buzzword for it that got invented during COVID-19 is "chat hygiene"), don't use your soundbar, use headphones in combination with the controller mic or use a headset, otherwise you're going to be a massive PITA for your teammates.

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There's always been press to talk, I've had maybe 20 years, since the invention of Teamspeak etc, using some form of group chat, I've never once had any complaints about my "chat etiquette". I'm envisioning the Google assistant button will eventually be used to create a similar function for Stadia (this is something that came through as an obvious thing to do back before the Stadia release, when all we has was a few pictures and some speculation).

 

Soung quality and game etiquette aside, if I binge play for more than a few hours (and in the past I pulled a 3 day Ark session (please do not try this at home kids)), even the most comfortable cans feel like you have a pair of knives strapped to your head. 

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@Classic-Rando 

"What we need is option 4!

Use the headset jack for mic only, and let us chose the sound output".

<----  This.  100 times this.

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@Classic-Rando You're right about the pair of knives. 

Still, I stick to my point. Even with push-to-talk, If you're playing an FPS and want to communicate with your teammates while in an engagement, your teammates will not only hear your voice, but also all the noise from the engagement you are in at that moment (Gunshots, Explosions...). It will be added to the noises of their own encounter that they might be in at the time. It will be confusing/distracting/whatever.

So while I think you're right and PTT is definitely better than voice activation, I think that it's still just an emergency solution when no headset is available.

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IIf I'm playing a FPS where every second matters, I'd obviously wear a headset. 

I'm thinking more along the lines of ESO and other games where you can spend hours, or even days in a party with someone else and the need to talk to each other. 

 

This is a stupid thing to debate anyway, if Stadia just give us the option of using a mic with push to talk and select our audio out, it needn't be one or the other. You could use a headset where appropriate, and a mic with push to talk where appropriate. 

 

It's currently a problem, one that is putting a lot of people off the Stadia platform (I spent several hours last night discussing this, and most people who were interested in Stadia, said this would be a dealbreaker.), and it's a problem that doesn't need to exist, if Google doesn't want to change the chat functionality, or the way the controller and headset works, they could just add discord (or any chat platform) integration.

 

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