Why would most people use TeamSpeak 5 over Discord? Or more importantly, how do I convince my friends to move over to TeamSpeak 5? The only compelling reason I can think of is better privacy using a self-hosted server, nothing more.
“The interface is very similar, but you won’t be able to chat with any of your friends on Discord, and you have to join a server to chat with someone. There is no ‘calling’ for direct communication.”
That’s not going to convince anyone.
“You never have to bother with the convenience of jumping in with your browser because installing an app on a shared device is always feasible.”
Wait. Isn’t that a little backwards?
“Just like with Discord, you can create a free server… with only 4 slots.”
That doesn’t do it.
“TeamSpeak is better because instead of creating a server with a couple of clicks, I can download and install a software package, go through a slightly complicated configuration procedure, and spend some time figuring out why my router won’t let people connect. Then, once the server is up, I can spend some money on a license fee if I need more than 32 slots and be tasked with proving the validity of my license every time I start my server. I’ll host it on my gaming computer. This way, every time my computer crashes, Windows automatically reboots my computer, whenever my residential internet service goes down, or I’m simply using too much bandwidth, the server goes down.”
I’m not even going try to count the number of reasons that is not a selling point.
I’ve been a TeamSpeak user ever since the days of TeamSpeak 2, even on Linux when TeamSpeak 2 would hog the sound card. One of the things I’ve always liked about TeamSpeak is the simple and clean user interface, the exact opposite of Discord. It seems with this new TeamSpeak 5, the simplicity is gone. It seems the developers of TeamSpeak, in a bid to compete with Discord, have mimicked the Discord user interface which I would think most TeamSpeak users wouldn’t want, and have done nothing to improve TeamSpeak’s strong points of server self-hosting and privacy.
I have only seen TeamSpeak 5 in YouTube videos, however the way I see it see it, TeamSpeak has shot itself in the foot with TeamSpeak 5. Should I get invited to become a beta tester, I would be glad to have the opportunity re-evaluate my observations.