Xbox LIVE messaging, chat, and parties offer variety of ways to communicate with your friends. You can:
Note For help with video chat, see Using Video Kinect.
Xbox LIVE games that support multiplayer gaming also support in-game voice communication.
Private chat, party chat, and in-game voice communication require the following:
Setting up communication is simple. Just connect your Xbox 360 headset or Kinect sensor, and then set your online safety settings. You can allow communication with everyone or just your friends.
Tip Calibrating the Kinect sensor for speech and audio may improve your chat experience. To do so, run the Kinect Audio Tuner.
Note If you are using a child account on Xbox LIVE, the parent account must approve this change.
Note After you record your voice message, you can review the message before sending it by pressing Play.
Note Messages are retained for a maximum of 30 days, after which they are automatically deleted.
Private chat is a conversation between you and only one other person. No one else can hear or participate in this chat. Your friend can be playing the same game that you are, 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:
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.
An Xbox LIVE party lets you invite up to seven people to communicate online while you all do other activities, like watching movies, playing games, or just chatting.
You can use parties to invite an entire group of people to play a game, instead of inviting them one by one.
Note Once players join the game, the conversation switches to the Game Chat channel automatically. To switch back, see Change the chat channel below.Change the chat channel
You can change the chat channels to choose whom you want to talk to.
|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||Press the Guide button, then select Party, the player's gamertag, and Mute.|
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