Windows 11 microphone quality in Discord in games / sometimes not working at all

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  1. Windows 11 microphone quality in Discord in games / sometimes not working at all


    I have experienced an issue with microphone quality on Discord when playing games. My friends report that my microphone quality is terrible (robotic sounding) when we play games, but the moment I alt-tab out of the game the microphone quality returns to normal. It happens with multiple games so it's not a specific game that causes this. I have also checked if my microphone sounds normal outside of Discord and it does sound fine. I have found and done every step found in this post 11 microphone quality in Discord in games - Microsoft Community Yet the problem persists. Is there anything else that could possibly fix this problem?

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    Cameron Stephens1, Nov 13, 2022
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  2. SammyVS Win User

    Xbox One Controller 3.5mm Mic doesn't work on Windows 10

    I'm Samy an independent advisor. Welcome to the Xbox community. How are you?

    In Windows Sound Settings and Discord Voice Settings, have you selected Headset Microphone to be the default input?

    I tested it with my controller on Windows 11 but connected with a cable and it worked perfectly.
  3. skylaar Win User

    Xbox chat on PC

    I don't know if it is related but I had a similar issue where my microphone was working in Discord for a few seconds then would stop. I ended up going to the Settings --> Privacy --> Microphone and view the apps that are allowed to use the microphone.
    Xbox Game Bar is unchecked by default I think.

    Also, if you have another program open that can use the microphone it will possibly override other programs. For example, The Division 2 game will make Discord no longer work if I turn the in game audio on to my main microphone.
  4. Yankee127 Win User

    Windows 10 Microphone Quality Severely Degraded in Discord when in Game

    Josef,

    It looks like a Windows update happened around the time that this happened. Approximately 5 days before I first noticed it. I will see if I can replicate the issue in a third party app tomorrow. I only have the one headset to try. I do have a webcam with a mic that I can see if it replicates with. I will attempt the other options (A thru C) tomorrow as well.
  5. JosefLBohorquez Win User

    Windows 10 Microphone Quality Severely Degraded in Discord when in Game

    Hi Yankee

    Please let me know how it goes with each option in that case
    I’ll be waiting for your feedback

    For now, take care!
  6. JosefLBohorquez Win User

    Windows 10 Microphone Quality Severely Degraded in Discord when in Game

    Hi and thanks for reaching Microsoft Xbox gamer's community. My name is Josef.
    I'm an Independent Advisor and a Microsoft Xbox user like you.

    Hope you're doing great today despite this Yankee127

    Exists the possibility that Discord and not windows is causing the issue.
    But let’s try to cover everything from the Windows side, for this please tell me:

    Do you know if Windows received an update before this started to happen?
    Did you tried using a different party chat app to see how it goes? (Party chat via game bar, Skype, zoom, Google meet, etc)
    Did you tried using a completely different microphone / headset? (Or a wired headset)

    In the meantime, try this:

    A. Open task manager > select the startup tab > disable all the programs listed there temporarily
    Restart the PC and try again

    B. Do a clean boot in your PC and try again
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/how-t...

    C. Create a new local administrator user in your PC and try from there
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/cre...
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