Xbox Live chat on Xbox 360

Overview

Use your Xbox 360 headset or Kinect sensor to chat with your friends, either as a group or in private conversations.

Chat on Xbox Live

What you need

Private chat, party chat, and in-game voice communication require the following:

Set up chat

Setting up communication is simple. Just connect your Xbox 360 wired headset or Kinect sensor, and then set your online safety settings. You can allow communication with everyone or just your friends.

  1. Connect your headset or Kinect sensor:
    • If you're using a headset, connect it to your controller; or connect a wireless headset to your console.
    • If you're using a Kinect sensor:
      1. Sign into Xbox Live.
      2. On the controller, press the Guide button.
      3. Select Chat & IM.
      4. Make sure the Kinect Microphone is set to On.
    Tip Calibrating the Kinect sensor for speech and audio may improve your chat experience. To do so, run the Kinect Audio Tuner.
  2. Specify your online safety settings:
    1. Go to Settings and select Privacy.
    2. Select Customize.
    3. Select Voice and Text, then select either Everyone or Friends Only.
    4. Select Save and Exit.
  3. Note If you're using a child account on Xbox Live, the parent account must approve this change.

Private chat

Private chat is a conversation between you and one other person. No one else can hear or participate in this chat. Your friend can be playing the same game as you, playing a different game, watching a movie, or listening to music.

You can have up to four private chats going on at the same time:

  • During an Xbox Live multiplayer game in addition to your public in-game communication.
  • While hosting an Xbox Live party.

Set up private chat

  1. Connect your Xbox 360 headset or Kinect sensor, and sign in to Xbox Live.
  2. On the controller, press the Guide button.
  3. Select Chat & IM.
  4. Select an available Private Chat channel, then select or enter the gamertag of the person that you want to chat with.
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  1. Select Send Invite. The person you invite has five minutes to accept your invitation. After five minutes, Xbox Live assumes that your friend is unavailable and cancels the invitation. You can try to send another invitation later.

Note When someone declines a chat invitation, the sender doesn’t know whether the invitation expired or was declined. The sender is only notified that the invitation was cancelled.

Change the chat channel

You can change the chat channels to choose who you want to talk to.

To… Do this…
Talk to only players in your game Press the Guide button, then select Party, Party Options, Chat Channel, and Game Chat.
Talk to only members of the party Press the Guide button, then select Party, Party Options, Chat Channel, and Party Chat.
Mute an individual player Press the Guide button, then select Party, the player's gamertag, and Mute.

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