Discord launched a new proposal based on the potential of voice chats.
While voice channels have long been part of Discord, they now gain more prominence with a new type of channel available for Community servers.
New Clubhouse-style voice channel in Discord
We’ve already seen many, many new initiatives based on voice chats since Clubhouse became a boom. And now, Discord is getting in on the trend with a proposal that gives a new perspective to its voice channels.
This new dynamic is developed through a new type of channel called Stage, with live audio conversations with an audience of listeners. Yes, there will be a virtual audience that will follow the audio conversation of several users live, as you see in the image above.
So unlike the voice channels, which each user can speak freely, this new channel aims for a more structured system for live events… an audio conversation in front of a group of listeners. When a user enters one of these channels they are automatically “muted” and included as part of the audience.
Of course, you will be able to know who is speaking and who is part of the audience. And you will also be able to request to speak, but it will be the moderator who authorizes your participation. What will this new proposal be useful for? The Discord team gives some suggestions when it mentions that it would be ideal for a book club or an Ask Me Anything session.
These new channels are already available on iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, macOS, and the web version of Discord. This gives it a great advantage over the rest of the proposals based on voice chats since most of them are limited to certain platforms or small groups.