PS5 PSA: The DualSense Microphone Is On By Default In Multiplayer
Players who forget about the DualSense's inbuilt mic are going to have some embarrassing multiplayer moments.
The PS5's DualSense controller's in-built mic is definitely going to be useful for players who don't have a headset handy, but it could be a nightmare for anyone who forgets it's on. The on-by-default microphone has already caused headaches, and it's only getting more noticeable now that more online games are releasing. One of the most prominent recent offenders is Destruction AllStars, which also happens to play the chat audio through your controller instead of your TV speakers.
The issue was first brought to light by PlayStation LifeStyle's Chandler Wood, who accidentally broadcast a private conversation with his wife while participating in a multiplayer preview session. Wood also mentioned that a few of the voices he could hear in the session didn't sound like they intended for them to be heard by others in-game.
There is a big, big, big problem with the DualSense built in mic.— Chandler Wood (@FinchStrife) November 11, 2020
Every single PlayStation 5 controller now has a hot mic that is on by default.
This means that unless you manually mute it, you are broadcasting your living room for everyone in a multiplayer lobby to hear.
Just made this faux pas in an early multiplayer session for something, sitting here talking to @dyani and not realizing I was just broadcasting our whole conversation to the lobby...— Chandler Wood (@FinchStrife) November 11, 2020
While the mic will definitely have interesting applications for single-player games, as well as making it easier for people who want to use voice chat in multiplayer, having it on by default seems like a recipe for disaster. Luckily muting it is easy--there's a small button near the mic, below the PlayStation button, that will mute the mic and show an orange indicator light.
This solution only works if players know they have to mute it, however. Hopefully developers will be able to address the issue and mute the mic by default--at least where it's being used for team chat.
You can also mute the voice chat for others in certain games, such as Destruction AllStars. To do this, hold the PlayStation home button while in the game, navigate to the Activity tab, and press one button to mute all other players.