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post #1 of 13
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When in console gaming people actually did talk over their headset alot. But in PC gaming i rarely see this.

Some of the online games i play have teamspeak 3 servers i believe.

I just wonder if this is a feature that people use alot?

I dont want to install it and buy a new headset if people rarely use it.
post #2 of 13
I use Vent and in some cases Skype for my communication. Vent is incredibly popular in World of Warcraft amongst other MMOs, I've been using it for years. Ventrilo, I mean.

I've used TeamSpeak in the past. Works a lot like Ventrilo. I heard Mumble is pretty good too.
post #3 of 13
I would say Mumble is probably getting (if not more) popular then Teamspeak or even Vent.
Various groups/clans use different programs.
The small gaming community I hang out with we all use mumble. I've played games with other groups that use Vent or Teamspeak though.
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I use TS3 when I game with some friends.
I don't use Ventrilo anymore since I don't play games with people that uses it anymore.
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post #5 of 13
TS2 was terrible, TS3 is rather good.

I'd say it's about equally as popular as ventrillo.
post #6 of 13
Yes, people use TS3 / Ventrillo / Mumble quite a bit. Each is a very small download and the client versions are free. In my experience they are all pretty equal in voice quality.
post #7 of 13
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Good to hear that.

It seems on PC people dont use a games online communication but prefer alternative communicaton programs.

I better go out there and get myself a microphone with a headset first though

I never heard of Ventrillo and Mumble as in Bad Company 2 or in Battlefield 3 some admins just give out adresses for TeamSpeak3. Never saw the other two.
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Teamspeak 3 is probably the most popular in my experience. Its the easiest to set up and maintain and has very good audio quality and servers can be rented very cheaply.
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post #9 of 13
It seems that it depends on the game really. For instance, in racing sims on the PC, teamspeak is mandatory or at least recommended in many races. For mass gaming like BF3, it is not used frequently. However, if you get in with the right server or the right group of players, then it can be a blast to play with voice comms.
    
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I prefer mumble for many reasons.
The quality is MILES better compared to other clients. It has adjustable bandwidth controls, so you can "tune" the quality for your connection. Hosting is free, you don't have to pay for the server client. In game overlays show you who's in the channel and talking while your in game. Latency is much lower compared to the delay I know vent has, not sure about teamspeak.

I stream 320kbps music through our server 24/7, and it sounds no different then other high quality streams from sites.
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