Why Doesn’t Game Chat Work in Ghost Recon Wildlands on Xbox One?

ghost recon wildlands in game chat not working

Seriously, what are we doing wrong? It seems like sometimes the in-game chat works in Ghost Recon Wildlands on the Xbox One, but other times it doesn’t and we have to resort to party chat.

I know there is a setting in the options, under audio, that turns on the open world mic abilities, and this option is set to on, but no matter what we do, we can’t figure out how to actually get the in-game chat to work consistently. We thought maybe it had to do with the fact that we weren’t both doing the same mission together, but even when we do we can’t hear each other, and we don’t see the speaker icons as if either one of us is talking. I know the game recognizes my headset, because as soon as I double tap the Xbox home button and bring up the side menu to start a party, I can see the speaker icon come up next to my name in the game, and show that I’m muted, but nothing happens when either of us talk… no speaker icon, no sound, nothing. But the weird thing is, it has worked in the past… sometimes. So it’s just a matter of being super inconsistent as opposed to just not working at all.

So does anyone have a trick to get the in-game chat to work consistently or is it just a bug in the game the moment? We assume that it’s supposed to work like most games, where you can talk with the people in your squad at any time, no matter where they are on the map, but it doesn’t seem to be functioning that way and we’d just like some clarification. If it’s supposed to work a different way, and what we’re experiencing is intended, then that’s fine, we just want to know what we can do to ensure we can hear each other when working through story missions.

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35 years old, married with children (1). My gaming is done exclusively on the Xbox One these days, but my gaming history goes all the way back to the Atari 2600. FPS and racing games mostly, but I dive into other genres on occasion.


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  • I’m having the same issue with my friends. Tried everything we can think of. Occasionally game chat works, but most of the time it doesn’t. In coop we can use party chat to go around this issue, but during pvp it’s not so easy to get your team to join your party in order to communicate. This game is all about communicating with your squad. What is going on here? I wish I could find a fix too.

    • Glad i’m not the only one! I made this post when the game first came out and as far as I know the game chat is still super wonky… Thankfully I just play the PvP mode now and that seems to be ok in terms of game chat functionality.

  • Just started playing pvp and can’t hear a damn thing, despite mic icon showing up when I’m trying to tell my team not to revive me as I’m now wearing a lovely c4 coat. I can also see my team trying to talk to me but I hear nothing

    • weird, i’ve had issues in the normal campaign, while playing co-op, but the PVP seems to work fine for me in terms of hearing and talking to the other team.

        • I also had issues with the trial version.. Since i downloaded the trial.. When loading it would tell me that the trial version has expired.. I own the disk.. It would happen several times before it would load.. I actually had to uninstall totally and reinstall the game itself.. Ubisoft if you’re reading this.. As much money as you make off of us. . you need to fix your bullshit you’re ruining a great game with your laggy glitchy gaming

        • Hi Scott,

          I never did, although I haven’t played the game in a long time, so I’m not sure if may be resolved now or not.

  • issue still not resolved…some days it works…some days it doesn’t. with all the game freezes and disconnects then getting penalized by them I gave up after I sent ubicrap videos and screenshots, been 2 months and no answer, they got the $60 and said f u! good job Ubicrap, shitting on the lil guy….

    • AND…I can talk and team can hear me, but I see the speaker icon light up when they talk but I cant hear them, IF I unplug mic from controller I can hear them but of course they cant hear me, I plug mic back in…….wait 15 seconds and they can hear me but I cant hear them