Voice chat in headset, game through speakers?

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#1 Posted by pyrobrand (516 posts) -
Would it be possible to configure games so that all voice chat, Steam, Skype, XFire, whatever, works through a headset, but the game itself goes through the speakers that come with the computer? I want to know because I want a headset but I need voice chat and game seperate.
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#2 Posted by kozzy1234 (35966 posts) -
Not quite on topic, but anyone have any good suggestions for a mic/headset for my pc?
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#3 Posted by pyrobrand (516 posts) -

Not quite on topic, but anyone have any good suggestions for a mic/headset for my pc?kozzy1234
Nice.

xP

Check out Tigerdirect, they're got good stuff on there.

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#4 Posted by WOP_4_LIFE (1116 posts) -

I don't get what ur trying to say, doesn't ur headset have both mic and speaker connects? Just plug ur speakers to the green and the mic from ur headset to the pink. You can also get both of them going be getting on of these...

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#5 Posted by kozzy1234 (35966 posts) -

[QUOTE="kozzy1234"]Not quite on topic, but anyone have any good suggestions for a mic/headset for my pc?pyrobrand

Nice.

xP

Check out Tigerdirect, they're got good stuff on there.

Thanks, is this a website?

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#6 Posted by pyrobrand (516 posts) -
[QUOTE="pyrobrand"]

[QUOTE="kozzy1234"]Not quite on topic, but anyone have any good suggestions for a mic/headset for my pc?kozzy1234

Nice.

xP

Check out Tigerdirect, they're got good stuff on there.

Thanks, is this a website?

Yeah, and if you live in Miami they have two stores there. www.tigerdirect.com
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#7 Posted by kozzy1234 (35966 posts) -

dont live in Miami, but i checked out there website, some pretty good prices, thanks for sending me that way.

Probably scoop this one up

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#8 Posted by Creative (2522 posts) -

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=204035006

Check these out, they are $80 everywhere else. I got em few days ago, no complains so far.
Mic works good on laptop, kinda hard to hear it on my desktop though.

As for sound set up u want. I have it right now. I have front and rear headphones/mic
jacks on my desktop. So I have speakers and headphones working at same time. Problem
is that headphones are kinda noise-canceling, so you won't hear much of speakers.

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#9 Posted by Stevendawg (500 posts) -

Only plus in the microphone part. Simple.

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#10 Posted by BlackAlpha666 (2614 posts) -
Go to the Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Audio Tab. Under "sound playback" select your normal speakers. At "Sound recording" select your headset.
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#11 Posted by dahwnpapaya (3161 posts) -

I'm not sure you guys are getting what he's saying, he wants to hear the people he's chatting with through his headset, but he wants the sound from the game to come from his speakers.

Either way, I'm not sure how you could do this though.

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#12 Posted by BlackAlpha666 (2614 posts) -
You might be able to configure it with a 3rd party voip program but I think it's impossible to do with ingame voip. It should be possible with Ventrilo. If you go to the Ventrilo options, there will be an option somewhere to select the audio devices. But you'll still have to do that trick I posted above. You basically set the audio on normal speakers in Windows but on Ventrilo you set it on the headset.
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#13 Posted by Deihmos (7819 posts) -

Most games cannot do what you ask but I don't know about skype, xfire and those other software. The only games I came across that has that built in are the ones that use Live.

You will need a USB mic or headset to do it if the program supports it.

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#14 Posted by SinfulPotato (1381 posts) -

Steam games can not do this. All sound including voice comes out the same set of speakers...

You need to get on a ventrillo server to do this.

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#15 Posted by Makari (15250 posts) -
it depends on the sound you use, too - i think some onboard sound cards might support the headset output as a separate sound i/o. my audigy 2 zs definitely does not.
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#16 Posted by MoodyFlame (2446 posts) -
Xfire does support that, you but only if the other people you are talking to are using xfire. As for in-game VoIP, I have yet to see a game that supports that option...
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#17 Posted by kilaan (844 posts) -

Yes, yes you can. I was using this setup for the longest time and it worked great and can be done in TS and Vent although I don't know if it is possible using on Steam VOIP.

This is one setup I used, I was using a Sound Blaster AWE 64 for my speakers and my onboard sound for my headset. You have to do some messing around with your Control Panel -> audio options and you have to make sure the right card is selected in your TS and Vent settings.

The other option which I used for the longest time eliminated the need for a sound card altogether.

http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/speakers/computer_speakers/companion_5/index.jsp

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8525651&st=USB+headset&type=product&id=1186007538579

Both are USB.

Now since you already have the speakers all set up and ready to go all you need is the headset. Just make sure everything but the default playback device is set to your USB headset. The default playback device should be set to you speakers. Also make sure that the voice playback and recording are set to the USB headset in your TS or Vent options and you should be good to go.

That is a system I know works and it actually works surprsingly well.

Tried a Bluetooth system a few years back and while it mostly worked (bluetooth headset with a usb bluetooth dongle) It was really a pain and the bluetooth would contantly mess with my adio settings by itself and change things back and forth and it was just a mess. By the time I gave up I was constantly having to restart games multiple times, alt tab out of games and sometimes even If I did everything correctly it just wouldn't work.

I also heard that if you plug in your Xbox 360 controller with a headset you can also get that to work yet since I have no Xbox 360 controller I have yet to confirm it.