Allow Forced Party Chat In-game
As soon as you enter some games that use the microphone the oculus party chat no longer works, which means communicating with your friends to try and join the same lobby is impossible unless you have a phone nearby with their personal details to contact them.
This is a basic function on literally every other new gen console now, and with VR it should be no different.
Adam G commented
So Oculus fixed this initial issue by (at one stage) broadcasting mic on both App and Party simultaneously, but then made it worse by introducing the current Manage Mic options.
Check out this feature request to fix the current issue. Please vote if you agree.
Sooooo frustrating trying to play a game with your friends and having to Literally walk through what we are going to do in the game before starting it so we can join the right server together… please please fix this.
Michiel Braks commented
Man its been so long and it dtill doesnt work properly. It works with some games but thats bc the devs of that game made it happen not bc its a standerd thing in oculus
Cullen Karimi commented
This, please. I play on PC using Air Link or VD to my Q2 while I play with my Niece on her Q2 and this was a major headache while playing Rec Room together. We just wanted to talk in party chat through our headsets but it was impossible once she'd boot up Rec Room on her headset.
Vrchat is a very large example of this. Sometimes I can’t connect to the game that my friends are in and then I end up chatting them to come back out.
agree, this is plain stupid, this is the main reason me and my friends stopped playing on the native Quest platform... we are now playing PCVR with Discord and we very happy with this decision... unfortunately not everybody has powerful GPUs, so Oculus/Facebook you NEED to remove this idiotic restriction or all you will do is force people away from your platform
Eric Putney commented
Strongly agree, the only way you can make this work right now is to deny that app microphone permissions. Please fix this Oculus.
Myles Cox commented
This is the number one issue with the Quest platform in my experience. In a party with five or more friends, coordinating everyone is already difficult—but every single time we play we have to spend an entire hour finicking with parties/ingame audio, rebooting headsets, et cetera, just to have basic in-game voice chat where we can all hear each other. And that's only if all of us manage not to quit out of frustration, which has happened more often than I can count. If we're in a party before entering the game, it's usually fine. If four of us are in a party, all five of us enter the game, and then add the fifth person to the party, that fifth person will be stuck with in-game voice chat rather than the party chat, so we can all hear them but they can't hear us. Of course this is a system limitation within Android—no two apps can use the microphone simultaneously.
I understand that a lot of this can be on the developer's side regarding microphone permissions. It should be a requirement for all developers who wish to use their own in-game voice chat to stop using the microphone if the user is in a party. If they don't, their app should be rejected from the store until it does.
This is a harmful issue that can seriously hurt VR in the long run if it isn't fixed very soon.
Michael Flynn commented
Absolutely ridiculous that this obvious, basic functionality has been MIA for several crucial months now. Millions getting into VR for the first time, coaxing friends/family to get a headset too and join them, and their first impression is this illogical, frustrating system. This should be highest priority.
Please fix the party chat. This is really ruining my play sessions. The whole purpose of party chat is so you can talk and hang out while you loading up games. Please make party chat override the "in game" chat.
VR is best as a social experience. You guys have got to fix this!
Really frustrating for me and my older parents to chat on Oculus I got them... Please fix as have resorted to loudspeaker on mobile to maintain connection. Disappointing
My friends, listen to three steps, this will solve your problem so you can listen to voice chat and speak again on the oculus quest 2, but you can thank me later.😉Now, 1st, reset your device and all functions of your oculus with “factory reset.” 2nd, if that doesnt work, try this, now there are 2 small microphones underneath your oculus. If anything or something is blocking those 2 small holes under your device, no one can hear you, so start by clearing that and make sure your oculus decorations or nothing is blocking your microphone. I finally solved this problem for me, my blue decorated skin on my oculus quest 2 was blocking my microphone. So rule number one, make sure your microphone is completely clear, and 3rdly, if you muted yourself in the game, go to settings and unmute yourself. These are the golden solutions to your problem. Hit me up 🤙 if you still have an issue, thank you guys!😉
Matthew Flook commented
Yep, have lost hours to troubleshooting this, leading to drained headset batteries, headaches all around, and reduced time actually spent with friends enjoying a social experience in VR. Going to use wireless earbuds and a separate mobile app for voice chat from here on out (absurd but necessary).
its so frustrating iv had to call on snap when someones mic dosent work in game chat What's the point of the party if u cant play games with it on cuz im going to have an hour talk pre game
David Gibb commented
Voice command don't work either if a game takes over the mic.
This is indeed infuriating. We are forced to use our phones to coordinate joining pretty much any game and it's a huge hassle, especially in VR where it's bothersome to fiddle with your phone with your headset on. There should be an option to force party chat and disable game microphone and ideally a quick way to toggle that option. Me and my brother were absolutely appalled when seeing the state of the party and voice chat system, coming from Xbox where it has worked perfectly since the dawn of time. I would have expected a social company like Facebook to know how to make a proper party experience! I think the Quest really needs this to offer a true "console" experience.
its actually shameful that this isnt a launch feature sinec xbox has had it since 2008 and sony as well?? doesnt make any sense..... convinced 3 other people to get it all of us are refunding them tommorow because whats the point if you cant play with your friends? your forced to use ingame chat for every game which is just pure and utter cancer.
Lasse Gregersen commented
A friend talked me into getting the Quest 2 for social reasons, but when we tried playing for a few evenings, we encountered this issue. That is basically the only reason I got it over the Rift S. This needs to be a feature on the Quest 2, otherwise there is no reason to recommend it to my friends. The way it works today is not a feature, it is a bug.
But nobody would be talking in game and it would take away the social aspect in general. As a PC player who used to use Xbox... I love that PC games people are in game chat all the time compared to Xbox where nobody talks or can even hear you because of party. Perhaps party chat working at the same time as game chat like PC would be best.
Jamie Thompson commented
My friends and I rarely play some games now just because forced game chat takes away the casual and social aspect of the quest. Forced game chat can just make the initial set up of a game a hassle and sometimes you don’t want everyone else in the game hearing what your talking about.