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IS DISCORD REALLY THE BEST? - Voice Chat Platform Showdown

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The voice chat scene has long been dominated by TeamSpeak, Mumble, and Skype. Discord aims to change that, but is it really up to snuff? Today we find out.

 

 

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Yes. Now lets watch the video!

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I really never used Discord for voice chat, but it's one of the few text message programs I actually didn't dislike. From the very few voice chats I did, it was good.. Although you sometimes had that robot voice thing. But that might be a problem of the past (or server location, audio channel bitrate, etc.)


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No mentions for Telegram?


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One question left standing is how each of the programs affect your performance in-game. I've always heard Skype tanks your fps more than the alternatives. I feel like I've seen you guys have a video about it before, or it could be some other channel, but I feel it should have earned a mention in the video when one of your examples were how the overlays were, not even mentioning how it performed.

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1 hour ago, Ethocreeper said:

no but there are unofficials

 

https://discord.gg/JDwJNd8

https://discord.gg/q27VXuV

That's a shame, I have no friends:P


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e thing he missed is discords game invites that are getting rolled out, divinity 2 and some other game i forgot can send invites through it


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Hey I like that ModMic Changed the gam.... oh it didn't? Well, I am sad that we didn't get a voice clip in the video! lol.

 

However, we ARE available in the raw file zip - Clearly has some issues with the mic being in the breath stream (plosives) but... all in all it sounds pretty solid in my incredibly bias opinion :)  Zip file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-egS92c0XIScE9FMTVqYU5FeUk/view

 

We especially sounded better on Skype, which was interesting and unexpected. I'd go so far as to say we sounded better than the Yeti there.


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Discord it more wat ever like seriously the hentai Steam group with 200,000 members has a discord where they post some more explicit " Anime" lol, and I like it that way becuase almost everyone has a discord so one app or website can conneect me to hundreds of thousands of people with mutual likes, like seriously there are groups for things like gaming channels to fucking animators.


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I use Discord daily to talk to my mates. It's nice to have music bots, which Skype calls never had. From what I've used, it's the best so far.


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I love discord more that my family. Yes it is the best.


 

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Do not forget that Discord also has support for Android and it's free like Skype. At the other end we have Mumble that depends on third-party applications and TeamSpeak which is fully paid.
I was an adept user of TeamSpeak, but since Discord appeared I adapted very quickly and convinced my friends to leave Skype.
(H
ow to forget those calls of 20 people when the TS server fell in the middle of a Raid )

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6 minutes ago, Albrod said:

Do not forget that Discord also has support for Android and it's free like Skype. At the other end we have Mumble that depends on third-party applications and TeamSpeak which is fully paid.
I was an adept user of TeamSpeak, but since Discord appeared I adapted very quickly and convinced my friends to leave Skype.
(H
ow to forget those calls of 20 people when the TS server fell in the middle of a Raid )

Discord is great in a lot of ways, but always remember that when a product is free, you often ARE the product.

 

It's not currently clear if or how Discord is monetizing their platform, but it'll either have to become paid somehow (impossible imo given their messaging and fanbase) or they'll start doing some stuff (or maybe already are doing some stuff for all we know) that many of their users aren't going to like very much.

 

Jake addressed this briefly in the video, but I think it's something that many Discord users don't really think about (but probably should).


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Yeah my main issues with Discord is that it's great when it works.... When it works..........

 

I've had to deal with (in my group):

  • rogue node.js server instances starting up randomly
  • hanging on startup (with the latest version)
  • stuck on startup attempting to update
  • voice chat failing to work after starting up a game
  • robot voice
  • voice chat failing randomly and then refusing to work again until computer restart
  • randomly changing audio devices to what I could tell was "whatever it felt like"

It also relies on VC funding to stay afloat and skewed priorities (they care more about policing channels than generating revenue features).

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1 hour ago, nicklmg said:

Discord is great in a lot of ways, but always remember that when a product is free, you often ARE the product.

 

It's not currently clear if or how Discord is monetizing their platform, but it'll either have to become paid somehow (impossible imo given their messaging and fanbase) or they'll start doing some stuff (or maybe already are doing some stuff for all we know) that many of their users aren't going to like very much.

 

Jake addressed this briefly in the video, but I think it's something that many Discord users don't really think about (but probably should).

They do have Discord Nitro as one form of income, though I wouldn't be surprised if they're selling some data.


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