Party chat and messages on PS5 consoles

How to use party chat and messages on PS5 consoles

Find out how to voice chat with party members and how to message groups on PlayStation®5 consoles.

How to start a party on PS5 consoles to voice chat with players

Have real-time conversations with players by voice chatting in a party. 

  1. Press the PS button to open the control centre, and then select Game Base
  2. Go to the Parties tab and select Start Party. Select either Open Party or Closed Party
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
    When you finish your selection, the party starts. You can manage it from the voice chat card in the control centre. 

A party that friends of the owner can freely join. Friends of party members can also join the party.

If you start an open party, you're the owner. As the owner, you can change the party name, invite players, and set a party limit. If you turn on Require Request to Join, players need to request an invite to join the party.

A party that only selected players can join. You can start a party with a new group of players or an existing group.

You can also start a party with a friend.

  1. Press the PS button to open the control centre, and then select Game Base.
  2. Go to the Friends tab and select the friend you want to voice chat with.
  3. Select Party.
    A party is created between you two and you can start voice chatting.
    When you want to talk with them again, select them from the Parties tab.

How to join an ongoing voice chat in a party

  1. Press the PS button to open the control centre, and then select Game Base.
  2. Go to the Parties tab.
    Parties you can join are listed under Joinable.
  3. Select the party you want to join.
    The players already in the party are displayed.
  4. Select Join.
    You join the party. You can manage the party from the voice chat card in the control centre.
  • If a party member is currently playing a game you can join, the Joinable game icon appears next to their name in the members list. To join the game session, select the player and then select Join Game.
  • If you're invited to a party or someone in your group starts a party, a notification appears at the top right of the screen. To join it, press the PS button and then select Join.
  • If the party needs an invitation to join in step 3, select Request to Join. A request is sent to the owner of the party. When they accept your request, a notification appears at the top right of the screen. You can also find the party under Joinable in the Parties tab.

How to create a group and send messages on PS5 consoles

Want a space where you can message multiple players? Simply create a group and invite others to chat.

  1. Press the PS button to go to the control centre and select Game Base.
  2. Go to the Messages tab and select New Message.
  3. Select the players you want to be in your group and then select OK.
  4. If you select players that you're already in a group with, those groups are displayed. To create a new group with these players, select Create New Group.

To access a group, go to Game Base, select the Messages tab and select the group from the list. Your favourite and recent groups can be found at the top of the list. If you don't see the group you're looking for, select View All Messages.

What you can do while voice chatting in a party

While chatting, you can share your game screen and let other players see what you're playing with Share Screen. You can also let other players control and play your game with Share Play.

A ) Type of voice chat

See what type of voice chat you're currently using. Voice chat started in Game Base is called party voice chat. An in-game voice chat is called game voice chat.

Some games might not have in-game voice chat and how you start in-game voice chat depends on the game.

Not all voice chat features, such as Share Screen and Share Play, are compatible with game voice chat.

B ) Switch between Party and Game voice chats

Seamlessly jump between party chat and game chat.

You can see how many voice chats you're a part of above your current voice chat.

To switch voice chats, browse through the ongoing voice chats that you're a part of and select the voice chat you want to join.

C ) Party voice chat features

  • Add Players / Invite Players
    Add or invite players to the party. If you're in a closed party, players are also added to the group.
    The maximum number of players that can be in a party voice chat is 16.
  • Start Share Screen
    Share your game screen with members in the party.
  • Start Share Play
    Start Share Play to let another player try the game you're playing or to help you out.
  • Invite to Game
    Invite members in the party to your current game or start a new one together.

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  • Audio Balance
    Adjust the audio balance.
  • Mute All
    Turn on to mute the party's voice chat.
  • Voice Chat Settings
    Adjust your microphone level or allow your voice to be used in other players' broadcasts and video clips.
  • View Group
    View the details of your group in Game Base. This is displayed only for closed parties.
  • Open Party Settings
    Change the party's name, require a request to join the party, and limit the amount of players that can join the party. This is displayed only for the owner of open parties.
  • Chat Transcription
    Convert the voices of other players to text, and read aloud the text you enter to other players.
  • Report
    If you have an issue with the party or a party member, you can submit a report.
  • About Share Features
    Learn more about Share Screen and Share Play features.
  • Leave Party
    Leave the current party voice chat you're a part of.

D ) Member list

Select a member to join their game, mute them, or view their profile.

How to remove a player from a party on PS5 consoles

If you created the party, you are the party owner and can remove players. 

  1. Highlight a player in the members list, press the options button.
  2. Select Kick Out.

How to change volume for individual players 

  1. Press the PS button to open the control centre, and then select the Voice Chat card.
  2. Select a player and select Volume to lower or raise the player’s chat volume. This setting will be used in your other chats with that player.

Please note that this feature affects only how you hear other players. It doesn’t affect how other players hear you.

How to disable game chat audio on a PS5 console

This setting affects only game chat audio. You can also find this setting in Voice Chat Settings in Game Base.

  1. Press the PS button to go to the control centre, and then select Sound.

  2. Select Disable Game Chat Audio.

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