Are You Experiencing Any Problems With MW3 Voice Chat?

As expected, the launch of Modern Warfare 3 has not been without problems. Adding to them, numerous Modern Warfare 3 gamers are reporting problems with voice chat. But, as we’ve previously noted, Activision seems to be taking customer service pretty seriously. They’re directing gamers (at least those who have been complaining on twitter) to make their issues known via twitter to ‘Mikey’ with Activision Customer Support. An hour ago, he posted the following:

We are currently looking into issues with in game voice chat. We hope to have something shortly.

What about you, GameFronters? Have you experienced any problems? Sound off in comments. We can’t fix them for you, but we will certainly feel your pain.

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101 Comments on Are You Experiencing Any Problems With MW3 Voice Chat?


On November 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

The quality of it is really horrible. It hard to understand one person, let alone a lobby full of these robotic sounding people.


On November 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

very bad


On November 9, 2011 at 2:00 am

Same problem here. Game audio is great, chat is garbled and horrible. So bad in fact that I even mute my friends during matches.


On November 9, 2011 at 4:43 am

Same problem here. Robotic sounding voices. Hope it will be fixed soon.

dave farrow

On November 9, 2011 at 4:47 am

sound is very muffled using px21 sounds like there is a bag over the speakers and the chat is garboid causing u to mute everyone in your party needs fixin soon, why cant they use the same system as b/o


On November 9, 2011 at 5:46 am

Sound is muffled. I myself cannot be heard. Sounds levels are turned to fill but my voice does not register or show any type of levels in game.


On November 9, 2011 at 5:51 am

I have not really had a problem with the voice. I use a plantronics headset, but the only problem I had was during a game, all of a sudden, there was a really load ringing like feedback, but 10xs more then when you get a loop from someones mic. had to take the headset off for a minute it was that loud, and I’m around loud things normally.


On November 9, 2011 at 7:34 am

I have the same problem with my px21 turtle beaches. black ops was great for chat but now mw3 is horrible it is so irritating because i play with a lot of friends that i talk to on there. can someone please help


On November 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

I’m using a PX5 and the chat sounds attenuated and distorted. It consistently drops out so I can only hear half sentences, etc.


On November 9, 2011 at 7:57 am

hey guys i have been playing mw3 for hours and every time i reach a certain level and kills it suddenly just drops back two hours for no reason like say i would have three hundred kills i then go into my barracks and they have dropped to two hundred can any one help?


On November 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

I am also having problems with my voice chat its very scratchy and cuts out I can’t understand anything anyone is saying. Also I’m pretty sure they can’t hear me at all. I popped in black ops to double check and it worked fine on there. PLEASE FIX!!!!

davy boy

On November 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

mw3 game keeps freezing for a couple of minutes then carries on is it me


On November 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

I .m …ving .roblems vo… ch…

Hard to have a conversation or formulate a plan with friends like that. Keep the pressure on Activision/IW’s twitter and hopefully they will patch it up soon! Nobody is going to buy map packs in the future for a multiplayer game they can’t communicate in.


On November 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Yea, but I don’t know if that is the biggest issue? In between game times are horrible, it literally take 3-4 minutes to find a match. Even longer if you have a big clan or ground war. Horrible first experience!


On November 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I have a set of turtle beach headphones and the chat mode on mw3 is depressing. U have to communicate in this game and u cant, u cant hear people finish their sentences and worse. on black ops it is crystal clear. I want my money back asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


On November 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm

voice chat quality is e! they need to fix it and the audio settings need to be more in dept like Black Ops…. IMO this is MW2 with new maps, weapons and skin cause it seems to play exactly the same they should have built MW3 around the same engine Black OPS uses and made it better… Next time they should work on the quality of the game before releasing it always make sure it is better than the last and in this case it falls way short of better.


On November 10, 2011 at 5:45 am

I have a logitech wireless headset and in MW3 sound like I’am taking to bumble bee and optimus prime Please fix this crap is driving me crazy !!!!


On November 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

mw3 is just wat a


On November 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

when i try to listen to people through my turtle beach p11 there voices are distorted crackly with a slight sounding of steven hawkins i know p11 are the best but the same is happening on mi friends p5 and px21 hope ya can get the problems sorted then the gaming experiance will be fab….


On November 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

theve got a week to sort out this chat, otherwise mw3 is going on ebay for buy it now price of 99p, and ill buy an eggbox i mean xbox haha


On November 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Add me to the chorus of complaints here. PX21′s and can’t hear or be heard. Robotic voices that cut-out on top of that. Voice chat is one the best things about playing with friends for me, and has been a major disappointment so far. If they can’t fix it, I doubt I’ll be playing very long. Even in the co-op Spec Ops missions it’s terrible, and has pretty much ruined an otherwise awesome mode.


On November 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

The voice chat is almost useless. It is very bad sound quality and sometimes cuts out for a few seconds. I can’t understand most people let alone our clan.


On November 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

having to try n join matches 5 n 6 times! keep getting host migration error and cannot connect… really pissing me off!!!! but once in a match its great! great graphics great play great game!!!


On November 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Wish sound was my only prob, get in the first map plays great then gets to the end
And goes to start next map completely freeze and I have to restart
Steam and mw3 , ( on pc)


On November 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

It is really annoying, I love the game don’t get me wrong.
I even mute my friends because it’s so annoying!
Hopefully this will be fixed soon!
In the future please first come with a beta version like BF and avoid these problems!


On November 11, 2011 at 9:46 am

Connection problems, also very disturbing!!
Waiting for 10 minutes to join a game and receive a time-out!
Nothing but trouble on ps3!!

Derek Aitken

On November 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Voice chat seems to be a problem, but from what I can see its linked to the NAT type issue that plagued Black Ops. I can’t join some friends for online play one night, but we are fine the next night. When we manage a team of us in one game, it takes a lifetime. I keep reading online comments about how the game run smoothly for release….. Have these people actually played this game. Lag issues, matchmaking issues, sound issues. I’m due recording my issues and sending them via video to Activision to ask what the faults are caused by. Its not my broadband I know that!


On November 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I also have a problem with the sound. Is robotic and Annoying. Also when in a pat we get kicked out of a party a lot. Ps3


On November 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm

has anyone encountered the problem of unreadable disc with the mw3 game and if u have please help me


On November 12, 2011 at 2:39 am

so disappointed with chat on mw3…..I expected the quality of the game to be as good as black ops.I even took my px21s back and exchanged for a new pair but this was a waste of time. Cannot chat to friends in game……will this problem be sorted


On November 12, 2011 at 4:15 am

i am so disapointed about this game all the hype for so many problems you have rushed mw3 so much i prefer black ops . my mother has wasted her money on a new but extremely faulty game . the chat system is terrible and the lag during gameplay just makes you wonder why , will this be fixed, i would say infinity ward i feel sorry for you because treyarch have set the best benchmark with black ops and rushing mw3 will not help you .who will waste there money on map packs for the game if you cant even chat to friends without ringing and sound interfearences


On November 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

i need help! I just bought mw3 got on and tried to go on xbox live and it said “the current profile is not allowed to play on xbox live” what the hell do i do

Aaron Baglietto

On November 13, 2011 at 2:02 am

Am From Gibraltar and here Everyone is having problem with there servers!! We cannot join any game on Malty player we can only join with each other
Pzzzzz we need help here.


On November 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Chat sounds like a mobile phone with a really bad signal.
Also the ELITE wont log in ,

Very disapointed with this release after Black Ops .

Hope it gets fixed soon .


On November 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm

It won’t be fixed lol. This is exactly how voice chat sounded in MW2. Go back and play the game if you don’t believe me. They did a bad job in the voice department that’s why I only use party chat.


On November 14, 2011 at 8:27 am

I agree with everything you said Lol…….It sounds exactly like MW2 audio game chat…like everyone is underwater. I would think if they made 400 million in one day on this game they can fix these issues for us. Also they need to separate game and music audio so you can turn the music completely off for when you are in search and destroy and need it quiet.


On November 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

… in MW2 they patched nothing, why would they in MW3?


On November 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I’ve being having problems with the in-game audio too however mine is different. If I go into game chat I can’t hear anyone and it appears everyones muted but I can’t un-mute them. I don’t have this problem on survival mode or xbox live parties, only multiplayer and I can use game chat on every other game. Does anyone know how to fix this? Please help I can’t talk to people on S&D. TY :)


On November 15, 2011 at 3:03 am

Voice chat is woeful, completed the game in 7hrs, crappy… Setout is crap, feel is crap, i feel like in going backwards in time, graphics may be good but menus etc are like commodore 64 squareish crap. No training mode to learn maps, have to load profiles all time… Give it back to treyarch, then know how to make a game.. Ive played all games and really feel like they rushed this to keep up with BF3, poor game poor poor poor

Aussie trev

On November 15, 2011 at 3:09 am

gman, couldnt agree more.. lucky i borrowed this off a friend, saved myself $80… Then again when game shops sell games for under $100, there going to be crap. Great game concept but infinityward employed their 13 year old cousins to build this one, why did they not use tryarch, blackops was great, multiplayer was the sh*t love it, servers were dead though, however this game mw3 i would put up there withresident evil sh*thouse, i think with all the time and money they put i to it i could have gone ut studied gaming design and built something better in my room. Oh happy to say that at least 13 people in my gaming areana aint buying it after we all had a night playing it.. 13 x $80, u do the math, and im one person


On November 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

Um, on pc, the quality of the sound is not bad at all, but in spec ops, you cannot talk to your team mate, so strategy is impossible, which PISSES ME OFF!!!!


On November 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm

bad bad sound on voice chat the first $8,000 cell sounded it better !! $4000000000000000 they r relaxing and spending all the millions they made..bring back tryarch..

Treesa X

On November 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

my issue is with mw3 only. I have NO sound of any kind when I sign in with my xbox profile. I can sign in with another profile and I hear all sounds perfectly. when i sign out and back in with my profile that ive had for almost 4 yrs…the sound immediately stops. total and complete silence. the video is perfect…but no sound. contacted ms for help…they advised that my issue is with activision’s mw3 server. i can play black ops, mw2 online with NO sound problems at all. anyone seen this issue?


On November 20, 2011 at 4:07 am

you guys need to fix the damn issue with voice chat,and nat settings…


On November 21, 2011 at 4:33 am

hello, since yesterday i dont have any voice chat anymore.. cant talk and i cant hear anyone.. i have a turtle beach x31 i dont think its my mike beceuse i can still here my self talk.. so its probably the game chat .. (i also tried to use another mike..) i hope it will be fixed soon..


On November 23, 2011 at 4:53 am

Everyone knows the voice talk is e on mw3 I would like to no if anything is being done about it it’s doin my in head in . Bought 3 copy’s same as mw2, blops .. so I can play , interact and TALK with my kids as I work away from home. It’s getting close to goin i’n bin.


On November 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

My brothers and I played BO online together so we all decided to go purchase MW3. However, the voice quality is so awful that we can’t communicate which really takes away from the game. We are either going back to Black Ops or Warcraft. MW3 is designed so that parties need to communicate in certain senerios so why wouldn’t voice quality be at the top of the list!


On November 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

I just bought mw3, tried to go on xbox live and it said “the current profile is not allowed to play on xbox live!!! can sum1 pls help n email me telling me wats wrong or wat i can do pls, i wud really appreciate it, my email ad is thx


On November 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

No sound on voice chat at all now mw3 ? Is it of cause there fixing it or NO 1 using it anymore cause it’s e ?!


On November 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

I’m having the same problem as of last night, the last update had been applied, but the issue persists. Voices sound digitized over speakers, like a bad cell connection or lacking enough bandwidth.


On November 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

Im having the same problems. Robotic sounding people. Impossible to understand. Up to whole sentences being cut off. Communication is is critical when you are playing in teams and want to have a strategy but with this awful sound Im resorting to muting everybody. Its enough having idiot kids and douches talking trash on this game, I want to be able to hear my teammates and friends well.

Wicked Lobbies

On November 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Same here guy’s sounds like i am talking under water!

I am looking for members to join my Elite Clan Wicked lobbies all Welcome


On November 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm

this game been out for almost 1 month and this dam bug isn’t fix yet wtf ?


On December 3, 2011 at 7:07 am

I can’t hear anything and not sure if any one can hear me. In the lobby the icon shows that I am hooked up and transmitting, but I got nothing. I have tried 3 controllers and 2 headsets, nothing. Any thoughts?


On December 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

The audio chat for MW3 is very dissapointing. Not what i expected from a game that is supposed to be the best ever. Treyarch got it right!! Infinity ward, you guys have some serious catching up to do.


On December 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

how do you overlook something like this?
no kiddin, a month old & no remedy?


On December 10, 2011 at 1:47 am

It’s not a bug it’s not a glitch stop saying that. They copied and pasted many things over from MW2. This is one of them. If they cared it would have been fixed prior to this game releasing. It won’t be fixed.


On December 13, 2011 at 2:53 am

its a load of av selt mine


On January 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hey guys emmailed activision about this, this was the response I got.

Hey Andrew,

We are aware of the issue and are currently looking into the problem. We expect to have the problem resolved quickly. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you for contacting Activision Customer Support. If you need additional assistance please contact our support team. Please visit for information on how to get in touch with us.

Thomas Activision Customer Support

mw lover

On January 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Whats the deal with there being no voice chat in survival mode? i thought you were supposed to act as a team in survival? wtf? and no text chat even? what the hell were they thinking?


On January 4, 2012 at 4:57 am

i got a really weird problem. when i bound my spacebar to the voice chat. and i delete it then i cant use my space bar at all. i did the same with my mouse clicks. so i cant aim and shoot anymore.
wtf ?!? is happening


On January 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

i cant even get sound to go through my headset during the game…any other time its fine, just when i’m playing mw3


On January 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm

For some reason, all of the tags above players online are blue and the mini-map is discolored. I can still hear the game sound, but I can’t hear anybody talking and i can’t use my mic… It is really starting to bother me.


On January 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

Every time I use the voice chat while playing MW3 I loose connection. Any ideas as to how this is happening? When I use Vent I have no problems. I have “Z” for the Game Voice chat and “X” for the Vent voice chat.


On January 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

have px5 playing mw3 is u/s for chat can hear evrything great but the chat is crap played black ops tonight evry tthing perfict lets get this fixed you have our money so give us a good game to enjoy


On January 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

ok, so MW3 gameplay is fine but as for the voice chat its a JOKE !!! & apparently its the same for MW2 !!!
who are all these idiots who said infinity award were better than treyarch !! dips thats who.
i only started cod with black-ops n since i bought it 4 of my freinds went n bought it & 3 bought a ps3 & black-ops on my word alone & we smashed it they were all addicted, now weve all got MW3 and we hardly play it because the voice chat is stuttered n stammered ‘this has spoiled the whole reason we fell in love with the multiplayer game & all the hard work treyarch put into black-ops’
i’m gutted with MW3 i almost want 2 take it back!!!!!! absolutely sick without being able to joke n take the piss out of each other the game just is’nt the same
‘shame on u infinity award’
p.s i use a triton headset n my mate do 2 or ps headsets, i hear every1 is feeling this?


On January 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Has the problem been rectified? The voice chat is horrible! Its all robotic sounding and I can hardly hear my friends and teammates.


On January 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Black Ops chat voice was excellent, but all MW chat voice are horrible and dangerous for health… CHANGE IT PLEASE!!!!

a user from Spain xD


On February 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I have p11 turtle beach headphones and the sound has been great but all of the sudden voices sound muffled when people speak. On mw3, when other people talk the mic icon next to my name says i am talking too.


On February 5, 2012 at 12:41 am

My voice option in setting worked great till I got the latest update today and it’s on low as it can go but I can hear the guys wif the mic like I didn’t touch the volume??? What’s going on?


On February 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

My px21 used to work fine, but now the only time the mic icon moves is when someone else talks, but it NEVER MOVES WHEN I TALK!!! The whole point of a mic is to communicate and i cant do that.


On February 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

Is it normal that voice chat doesn’t work during special operations??
Please tell me if you have the same problem!


On February 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I can’t hear other people, but I’m not sure if they can here me and I tried fixing the volume but that dosnt work


On February 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

When I’m playing in a group of people, I am in a party with my buddy, but I can still hear other people talking. Its irritating. Don’t want to hear other people unless theyre in my party.


On February 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

Ok so last night I was playing Modern Warfare 3 and I muted everyone because they were being anoying. Then when I got on today, everyone was muted when I joined the lobby. And when I press toggle mute again, it usually will unmute them. But when I press the toggle mute button, it is telling me that I can’t mute them. So now every time i join a lobby, everyone is automatically muted and i cant unmute them. Someone please help.


On February 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I like the game . But I don’t have so much of a like for the comments of the other players and shutting off voice doesn’t work at all..I mean it is broken, no silents sheeesh!!!!!

Peter jones

On February 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Well since I bought mw3 I’ve not had one decent match online it’s an absoloute disgrace :/ lag compensation = bottom line I want a full refund any ideas on how I do this and who I mail to find out ? With seeing so Manu complaints over the last few months this should have been sorted asap I want my money back and I’ll invest elsewhere


On February 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I use Turtle Beach P11 headsets. I updated the software for MW3, played a couple games (I don’t really like it) and then went to play Black Ops. Once i met my friends, I couldn’t hear them, but they could hear me. So I kept talking while there was no audio coming from the speakers. Thinking of getting a new mic -_- (I play PS3 BTW)


On February 29, 2012 at 7:11 am

I have the same problem been playing mw3 fine then yesterday I get on with friends I hear the game effects and Mic Mic was putting out sounds bit I couldn’t hear other players.I have the px3 headset by turtle beach and I play mw3 on ps3 please fix.I also had a buddy having the same problem today.


On February 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I have the same problem and it’s very annoying my turtle bech headphones are only like a month old


On February 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

i installed the update for mw3 on 29th february and the chat isn’t working for me i have the px21 turtle beaches,but people with other types of microphones are fine, i know my mic is working because i ts works fine on black ops so it must have been the update,so please sort this out as it is very annoying when i cant talk to my mates.


On February 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm

No mic chat, using turtle beach px21. Didn’t work after new update on ps3


On February 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

No chat after update, px 21 for ps3


On February 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm

im not able to hear chat at all. I use my plantronic voyager pro+ and my toshiba speakers built into my tv

Aaron hidai

On March 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I can’t even hear them anymore, it’s like they’re all muted. Please help.

Aaron hidai

On March 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I can’t even hear them anymore, it’s like they’re all muted. Please help.


On March 11, 2012 at 12:59 am

Same problem with the ps3 bluetooth headset. Lobbys are too quiet now. THere needs to be a ps3 update with volume controls for headset/player voice, even Act/sledge could do that.

Bruce Greenwell

On March 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

during online games can barely hear people talking through the tv and when i wear my headset can barely hear the people speaking.

Mike Baldridge

On March 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm

having the same problem on my p11 i can talk and they can hear me but i cant hear them, i went and exchanged my headset and didnt help hope they can fix this problem asap


On March 16, 2012 at 3:48 am

when i diconnect my headset i can not her a thing even though my volume on my TV i really high


On March 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

This is hell of annoying i thought my turtle beach was broken my parents started ing im like I DIDNT BREAK IT and then finally i find it is a common problem and then they stop n im like thank god. and this needs to be fixed ing mw3 ballsacks e.e

joe m

On March 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

i cant here anyone and this is after i download the new version of the game and its only this game cause i played blackops and was able to here everyone perfect


On March 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

How do you fix the problem? I can hear everything, but can’t talk or chat to anyone?


On March 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I cant talk with my teartle beach mw3 headset
I just got it for my birthday


On April 5, 2012 at 12:03 am

I have a p11 headset the sound works fine but mw3 isnt picking up the mic, however it works fine on mw2


On April 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

The audio on it messed up, like I have to put the chord into a certain spot to hear anything from any game out of it.


On June 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

All the voices are horribly distorted. I’m guessing this problem won’t be fixed? Seems to have been happening since the game was released. Honestly doesn’t seem worth using a mic to chat to people in the lobbies lol. This is another reason I prefer Blackops.


On July 4, 2012 at 4:54 am

not works no voice chat its a


On October 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm



On October 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

My mic icon isnt showing but their working


On June 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

I need help with the voice chat. I have no head set, so I know that I wouldn’t be able to be heard. The issue is that I can’t hear anyone and I know its possible that you can still hear people even if I personally don’t have the mic and they do.