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Overwatch Beta to Include Battle.net Built-In Voice Chat

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An announcement on the Overwatch news blog this morning confirmed recent suspicions that Blizzard might be looking at built-in voice chat functionality for Overwatch - and, potentially, for other Blizzard titles down the road.

 

Details are very thin at this point - the official post merely says that Battle.net voice chat will only be available for testing in the Overwatch beta - but it would be an immense surprise if this wasn't being looked at as a potential future feature for organized Heroes of the Storm teams, WoW Arena teams or raids, or even just to chat with your friends while you spectate them playing any Blizzard game.

 

We'll provide more updates as they become available.

 

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Blizzard Icon Overwatch Beta to Include Battle.net Voice Chat

 

Greetings, heroes!

 

We're in the process of working in some slight updates to Battle.net in preparation for the upcoming Overwatch beta test, and wanted to give you the heads up. This update will lay the foundation for us to test voice chat functionality within the Overwatch beta. 

 

We're excited for players to give this feature a try during the Overwatch beta and look forward to your feedback. Further details on our voice chat plans for Battle.net will be released further down the road, but for now, please see the FAQ below.

 

 

Q: If I'm not in the Overwatch beta test, can I still test voice chat?
A: Battle.net voice chat will only be available for testing in the Overwatch beta. Players are welcome to sign up for the beta here.

 

Q: Will voice chat support other Blizzard games as well? If so, when?
A: With voice chat still in its early development and testing stages, it's too early to say which Blizzard games will be supported and when. 

 

Q: How will voice chat work in the Overwatch beta test?
A: We'll have further details to share once the beta begins.

 

Q: Should I see some sort of change with my Battle.net desktop app?
A: No, this is just be an addition to the app's DLLs.

 

Thoughts on this new Overwatch beta feature? Let us know.

 

Will we be able to hassle our friends across the Blizzard franchises by voice? We don't know yet. But Overwatch beta testers will get an all-new voice chat functionality!

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