Players accessing Destiny 2 on PC are able to use Text Chat features to communicate with other players in-game. Text Chat settings can be found on the following page:
- From the "Character" menu, navigate right to the Settings page.
- Select "Gameplay" in the left-side pane.
- Scroll down to the "Text Chat" section.
Deleting CVARS will reset all text chat options to their default values. Players who delete their CVARS.xml file will need to manually restore their text chat settings after relaunching Destiny 2.
"Text Chat" is the master setting that determines the general availability of text chat features. Options include:
- On (Default)
- On (No Audio)
- On (No Notifications)
Profanity Filter censors profane words used in the text chat window. Options include:
Auto-Hide determines whether or not the chat window will always be present during gameplay. Options include:
Background Opacity determines how dark the background of the text chat window will be. Options include:
- Medium (Default)
Whisper Chat is how friends can communicate with each other privately through text chat. Players can access Whisper Chat by typing /whisper (or just /w), then pressing [space] or [enter]. Options include:
Team Chat Join
Team Chat Join determines the how matchmade players can enter their shared chat during playlist activities. Players can access Team Chat by typing /team (or just /t), then pressing [space] or [enter]. Options include:
- Manual (Default)
Local Chat Join
Local Chat Join determines how players can communicate when they enter shared spaces. There are two types of shared spaces - Public Spaces and Social Spaces. This setting does not apply to Private Spaces.
Public Spaces are destination locations in-game where players will automatically matchmake with others, and may encounter them in the environment. An example of a public space is Trostland in the European Dead Zone.
In public spaces, the local text chat channel allows players to communicate with any other player in that immediate location, regardless of their launched activity. Players cannot, however, communicate with other players in different locations. For example, players in Trostland cannot participate in local text chat with players at Winding Cove, and a player in Trostland will be unable to communicate with other players in that location once they transition into Outskirts.
Social Spaces are locations such as the Tower and Farm, that players launch into for the majority of their vendor interactions. These function differently in regards to local text chat because all players in a social space can chat together, regardless of the actual space they are occupying. For example, in the Tower, players in the Courtyard, Hangar, and Bazaar will all participate in the same text chat instance.
Private Spaces are destination locations where players are not matchmade with others, and can only be accessed by players and their immediate fireteam. In these instances, players may not chat with others outside of their immediate fireteam, as no other players will be present. Examples of private spaces include Lost Sectors. Additionally, public chat is not available as an option in Crucible activities.
Players can access Local Chat by typing /local (or just /l), then pressing [space] or [enter]. Options for this setting include:
- Manual (Default)
Clan Chat Join
Clan Chat Join determines how players enter their clan chat channel. Players can access Clan Chat by typing /clan (or just /c), then pressing [space] or [enter]. Options include:
- Automatic (Default)
Other Chat Functions
Listed below are additional chat functions that players may use in Destiny 2 on PC.
This is how players can view their numeric Steam ID in-game. This command is used by typing /id, then pressing [space] or [enter]. In order for players to copy their Steam ID, they must type /id, press space, then press right arrow key. Once this is performed, players may then copy their ID by highlighting it with their mouse cursor, then press [CTRL+C].
Fireteam Chat provides a window where players who've manually joined into the same fireteam can communicate with each other. In general, players are always opted in to Fireteam Chat. Players can access Fireteam Chat by typing /fireteam (or just /f), then pressing [space] or [enter].
Players can manage their fireteam status by using the following commands:
- /join [name]: Join a fireteam by a Player’s Name (Player must be in one of your Rosters; Friend, Game, Clan)
- /join [SteamID]: Join a fireteam by a Players SteamID (Player doesn’t have to be in any Roster)
- /invite [name]: Invite a Player by their Name (Player must be in one of your Rosters; Friend, Game, Clan)
- /invite [SteamID]: Invite a Player by SteamID (Player doesn’t have to be in any Roster)
Players who want to view the full list of commands can do so by typing /help, then pressing [tab], [space], or [enter].