How To Balance Game And Chat Audio

Game audio louder than your chat audio? Don't let your friends get drowned out, learn how to balance.

If your game and chat audio are constantly fighting for your attention in your headphones you may need to take some time to readjust those levels. It can be uncomfortable, or even disorientating, to have the game and chat audio improperly balanced, or you might miss out on that crucial call from a teammate that gets you killed. Here’s how to get your game audio and chat audio on the right level.

Balancing Game and Chat Audio On PC

If you’re playing on PC there are a few different ways to balance out the volume of your game and the friends you’re chatting to at the same time. They all depend on where each source of the audio is coming from. If the voice chat you’re using is in-game, you’ll need to enter the game’s audio settings and look for separate sliders for “Voice” and “SFX”. Lower SFX while keeping Voice steady until you can clearly hear your teammates at their normal volume over the loudest sounds in the game, like explosions. If you then find that you’re having trouble hearing small audio indicators like footsteps because the SFX volume is too low, then bring the entire system’s levels up by increasing the PC volume manually. You can do this either by using the system volume mixer or a dial on your headphones, such as those on the side of the HyperX Cloud Flight.

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The HyperX Cloud Flight.

If you’re using a separate program for voice chat from the game itself, you can balance audio by using the system volume mixer. Right click the speaker icon in the toolbar and then open the volume mixer. Here you can adjust each program running on your desktop individually. Increase or decrease the voice app and the game to balance out the audio. If you are using Discord, there are even per-person volume options so you can balance out different members of your team based on their unique microphone characteristics. Right-click a user and use the volume gain slider to increase or decrease the volume of their voices.

Balancing Game and Chat Audio On PS4

If you’re playing on PS4 while using headphones, like the wireless Cloud Flight, simply adjust the voice and game volume by navigating to the settings menu. Then head to the audio devices menu and select the headset you’re using for input and output. Make sure that All Audio is selected for the output, so that you receive both game and chat audio. Then, hold down the PS button to open the options menu and you should see volume bars for various things. This will let you balance the game and chat audio so that you can easily hear your friends over the action.

Balancing Game and Chat Audio On Xbox One

For balancing on Xbox One, open the Xbox Guide Menu using the guide button and use the Headset Chat Mixer volume slider to control the level of game audio sent to your headphones, hopefully a capable pair, like the CloudX Flight.

That should be all you need to make sure that your game and chat audio mix is balanced correctly. Now you can hear your friends and enjoy gaming together!

Nicole is a fan of gaming, music, and movies. Feel free to reach her at nicole.castillo@allgamers.com for questions, concerns, or just good music and movie recommendations!

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