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Proximity Chat in Warzone 2.0: How it Works & What it Means for Players

Proximity Chat is a brand new feature in Warzone 2 that might change the way you approach other players and how loud you are.

Warzone 2.0 brings a lot of new features to the Call of Duty battle royale formula, but one of the most notable is Proximity Chat.

Before heading out to get your first victory, it’s important to understand what it is and how it works.

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What is Proximity Chat in Warzone 2.0?

Proximity Chat in Warzone 2.0 is a location-based audio mechanic that allows players in a close radius to listen in on each other.

Illustration of Proximity Chat Audio for Warzone 2
Warzone 2 Proximity Chat Illustration

It works similarly to Death Comms in the original Warzone, except imagine it being on constantly. It is one of the newest features being introduced to Al Marzah, the new Warzone 2 map.

Any audio that enemy players make will be audible to you as long as they are in range. But this also means that your audio will be audible to them.

So if you’re thinking of sneaking up on someone, then you might want to hold your breath.

How Does Proximity Chat Affect Warzone 2?

Proximity Chat changes the way players approach encounters in Warzone 2. Because of the added audio from your mic, it could potentially give away your location to enemy players.

Proximity Chat also opens up the following possibilities:

  • Players can accidentally give away their location by speaking while approaching an enemy player.
  • Enemy players can throw out verbal insults mid-battle.
    • This might give some people a motivational boost, but others might find it to be overwhelming.
  • Players will be able to work together with enemy teams. This will work well in situations like the newly revamped Gulag.
  • A truce can be negotiated by two teams to avoid third parties lurking on the horizon.
  • It’ll open up fun interactions between players and will produce more content for streaming.
  • Players can show off their different Gunsmith builds to each other as a friendly gesture.

Why it Could Be An Issue

Proximity chat could be abused in casual gameplay and may only really be fair in moderated events.

Teams could find ways to communicate outside the game, such as Discord. This would mean they would have the benefit of hearing other teams without the downside of teams hearing them.

Here is what some players are saying about the feature:

But this is also a feature that could prove to be invasive to certain players. Thankfully, there are ways around Proximity Chat.

Can You Turn Off Proximity Chat?

As of this moment, Infinity Ward has yet to reveal the official settings for Proximity Chart in Warzone 2, but if there isn’t a setting for this, there are options to avoid it:

  • Mute your microphone. This way, you can avoid enemy players hearing you with Proximity Chat.
  • If you are on PlayStation:
    • Join a PSN Party, and you will automatically turn off Proximity Chat since PSN will prioritize Party Chat for you.

When Warzone 2.0 releases, we’ll have more news on how to turn off Proximity Chat.

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