So, first of all, everything I am gonna say in this post is my personal opinion and if you have a different one thats perfectly fine and you are more than welcome to change my mind.
Also one thing I wanna say before beginning to share my view with you is that I will always be a TeamSpeak-User regardless of what happens. I really like the idea of having the choice about everything and self-hosting my server.
However in the last couple of months or even years there were some decisions made by TeamSpeak which in my opinion might not be the best for the community and are counter productive for the growth of TeamSpeak.
So, the story began when TeamSpeak released a Trailer of the upcoming TeamSpeak 5 (or just “All-new TeamSpeak Client”). I watched it and I was seriously excited. But what I immediately bothered me, that from the Trailer you can already tell it’s much like Discord.
Which yes, is in fact nowadays the VoIP Software with the most users, which is quite sad to be honest, but as a TeamSpeak user I want to have a client that fits TeamSpeak that isn’t like other programs, that isn’t like Discord.
But to be fair, at this point I haven’t tried the client out myself so it might be too early to judge.
So, about a few months ago I finally got access to the Beta of the new TeamSpeak Client (I am just going to call this “TeamSpeak 5” in the continuation of this post because “All-new TeamSpeak Client” ist just too long).
And what can I say, it’s much what I expected it to be: It’s much like Discord.
Of course what TeamSpeak is trying to do with this design, is to get the people who previously switched to Discord back to TeamSpeak.
But the thing is, the people currently using TeamSpeak 5 are folks who have been using TeamSpeak for years, maybe even for decades.
And until the target group of TeamSpeak 5 (that is, again, obviously Discord users) gets their hands on the new client just too much time will have passed.
But let’s come to why I personally think TeamSpeak 3 is still miles ahead of TeamSpeak 5 in almost everything and why I don’t think TeamSpeak 5 will ever replace TeamSpeak 3 for me.
[If you want a more detailed post just on this topic and more reasons why TeamSpeak 5 is just so much worse than TeamSpeak 5 check out this post:Meinung zu TS5 - Opinion on TS5 (yes, some things have changed til today, but the core points still remain).]
The things I love about TeamSpeak 3 is the ridiculously low resource usage and the freedom of customization: Everything from plugins and themes to something as simple as the UI, which is heavely customziable by moving the toolbar, adding new actions to it etc.
And guess what? These two things aren’t available almost at all in TeamSpeak 5.
There is no plugin support, not nearly such a customizable UI, and for themes there is only dark and bright. That’s it.
Let’s take a deeper look at the UI in general.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but compared to TeamSpeak 3 where everything was arranged sensibly and clearly, TeamSpeak 5 is just the definition of confusing.
Instead of opening option menus in new windows to still have an overview of everything else, they just open in the same window overlapping with other things.
For instance, when you open the options/settings in TeamSpeak 3 you get a nice and clear window that you can move around wherever you would like, in TeamSpeak 5 on the other hand the settings take up the whole client and still do not make good use of all that space.
Features of TS5 compared to TS3
I am going to make this one pretty short since there isn’t really much to say.
TeamSpeak 3 still has tons of features which I miss in TeamSpeak 5 and I don’t think it makes sense to devolop features exclusively for TeamSpeak 5 (which TeamSpeak has done with the push-to-mute button) for two reasons:
-It would make much for sense to implement the missing features from TeamSpeak 3 first.
-What the public sees is TeamSpeak 3, TeamSpeak 3 Updates keep TeamSpeak alive.
What the public sees
For the average user who wants to use TeamSpeak or is using TeamSpeak there is TeamSpeak 3. Which is amazing, yes, but:
It is ridiculous that TeamSpeak 3 has not received a single update for almost 4 months now, while TeamSpeak 5 has received 16, yes 16, updates during this time.
I see that TeamSpeak wants to focus on the new client, but now comes the point why I write all of this at all: I don’ think it makes sense. Let me explain:
To get TeamSpeak 5 to a state where it’s usable, has all the great features from TeamSpeak 3 and is ready to release as a stable client or even a public beta it would take way too much time and effort.
Again, what the public or average TeamSpeakUser sees is TeamSpeak 3, which, again, hasn’t received a single update since 4 months.
And I think it would make a lot more sense to just continue working on TeamSpeak 3, invent brand new features rather than trying to implement features that already exist in a different client for years and just improve the already existing, amazing version of TeamSpeak which is, again, the one the average TeamSpeakUser sees.
And even if you really want to continue working on TeamSpeak 5 so badly then please, please for the sake of god give us at least monthly updates for TeamSpeak 3 because this is the client which the public sees, is using and the community is loving.
Thanks a lot for reading and sorry for my bad english, my native language is german