Curse Voice is a free to use Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) that allows gamers to create, and communicate through, a personalized chat channel. If you’re familiar with services like Mumble, Skype or TeamSpeak, then you have a good bead on what Curse Voice offers. But the service also has a few tricks up its sleeve to set it apart from other VoIP technologies. Curse Inc. has announced that its Voice service is expanding to Mac, iOS, and Android devices, allowing players to stay in touch with their friends across multiple platforms. The Mac and iOS version supports voice chat and group messaging. The Android version is text-only at the moment, with voice functionality currently in the works.
Beyond basic group chat functionality, Curse Voice also serves as a light social platform, letting users import friends from various networks to connect with in chat. The service lets users see what games their friends own and are playing at the moment. A convenient URL creation system lets you create and share links to the chat session, making communication a cinch. Finally, because Curse Voice uses encryption and client/server architecture to keep IP information server-side only, its users enjoy plenty of privacy and security as well.
Curse Voice has specialized integration with a handful of titles, such as Smite, Minecraft, and Strife. The full list is available on the official site. These titles benefit from a unique interface overlay, which makes communicating within the group much more clear and accessible. An auto-match making system makes it easier to connect with one another and coordinate during a match.
Curse Inc. set up a booth during E3 earlier this month to highlight the convenience and simplicity of Curse Voice through direct, online multiplayer sessions of Smite and Robocraft. Because both are integrated titles, Curse Voice automatically attempted to connect with other players during the match, allowing for much more intuitive team play. The integration also means that you don’t need to play in window mode to enjoy chat, because the interface overlay clearly displays which player is speaking during a match.
The only weakness to Curse Voice is the limited number of titles it is integrated with. The integration features are extremely handy, and genuinely set it apart from other VoIP services available. Communicating though software like Skype for gaming sessions requires that users share friend invitations before creating a chat channel, whereas Curse Voice simplifies and streamlines the process to make reaching out to one another easy, and virtually automatic. The high level of security is also a plus. Hopefully Curse Inc. will announce new partnerships in the near future.
Curse Voice is a free-to-use service that is currently in open beta, so anyone can download the client and try it out. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life, and with so many VoIP services floating around online, experimenting with them and their functionality is the best way to find the one that fits your gaming needs.