Friends > Voice / video chat > Starting or quitting voice / video chat

Starting or quitting voice / video chat

To use this feature, you may be required to update the system software.

You can do voice / video chat with people on your Friends list. To do voice chat, you will need an audio input / output device (such as a headset, sold separately). To chat with video, you will also need a USB camera (sold separately).

Starting voice / video chat


Select (Friends) > (Start New Chat).


Select (Voice/Video Chat).
The chat room is displayed.


Select (Invite a Friend) from the menu that is displayed on the screen.
If you select the person whom you want to chat with from the Friends list and then select [Enter], the chat invitation message screen will be displayed.


Type a message, and then select [Send].
The avatar of the Friend whom you invited is displayed in the chat room.

If the person joins the chat, his or her image will be displayed and the voice / video chat will begin.


  • The PS3™ system supports voice / video chat. Additional chat options, such as in-game chat, may be available through game software. For details, refer to the instructions supplied with the software in use.
  • You must be signed in to PSNSM to chat.
  • Although you can invite multiple Friends to chat, avatars are displayed in the chat room only for the first five Friends whom you selected on the screen.
  • Up to six people can join a chat room.
  • The voice / video chat feature cannot be used if restrictions on its use are set. For information about parental control settings, see [About the XMB™ menu] > [Using the parental control settings] in this guide.
  • You can use a compatible USB headset / Bluetooth® headset / EyeToy™ USB camera / PlayStation®Eye / USB camera compliant with USB video class (UVC) on the PS3™ system.
  • When connecting a USB camera using a USB hub, use a hub that supports USB 2.0. If a hub that does not support USB 2.0 is used, image degradation may occur or the image may not be displayed.
  • For information on supported peripherals and usage instructions, contact the retailer where the peripherals are sold.

Leaving the chat room (quitting voice / video chat)

During a chat, select (Leave) from the control panel.


If the person who initiated the voice / video chat leaves, the chat room will close.

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