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Is it possible to hear / speak to lobby chat and my teammates mid-game via the Kinect? I'm not wearing headphones and I'm not in a party.

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Yes, provided you have your settings to allow your kinect to be used as a chat device.

Make sure to run the kinect calibration routine first though, otherwise it won't do a good job filtering game sounds and so other people will hear your game in their headsets as well as your voice.

  • I have run that calibration. When I attempt to speak in lobby chat, no one responds and my mic indicator does not light up. – Alex Waters Nov 7 '14 at 22:38
  • One gotcha is that everyone signed into the system has to have their settings to allow chat communication via the kinect as well, not sure if that's your problem though. – Eben Nov 8 '14 at 10:33
  • If it were working on my end, shouldn't the mic indicator light up when I speak? – Alex Waters Nov 9 '14 at 7:25
  • If you mean the mic indicator in the party snap, then yes. Oh, by "signed into the system" I mean the physical xbox you're using, that may not have been clear in my comment. – Eben Nov 10 '14 at 14:16

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