Players who have jumped into Sony’s new car-smashing PS5 game Destruction AllStars may have gotten into a pretty disgusting problem: voice chat in the game’s multiplayer games is turned on by default.
In one round, I was exposed to some music breaking in the background for the entire match. In another, I heard every word from someone who taught their friend how to play the game. Kotaku collected many more examples of people getting frustrated with standard voice chat, and it sounds like many heard far worse things than I did.
DualSense integrated microphone unites the problem. Unless you proactively press the mute button, that microphone will pick up everything that is happening around you and broadcast it to your teammates. Voice chats you hear during a match will also play out of DualSense̵
Frustrating, it is not an immediately obvious way to turn off chat. I did not find any alternative to do so in the game’s menus, and I only learned through scouring the internet after playing the game on Tuesday that you need to disable voice chat in the PS5 menu.
To do so, while in a match, press the PlayStation button, scroll up to the Activity Cards above the bottom row of icons, navigate to the voice chat card, and press the square button. Annoying, but this only disables voice chat for a match – you have to go through the process every match to mute your teammates.
Hopefully Sony will address this issue soon with a program or solution. But for now, you’ll hear a lot of voice chats unless you turn them off for each game. Destruction AllStars is available now as a free download for PlayStation Plus subscribers.