this is absolutely a big problem and i don’t know why some of you are so insistent that it isn’t.
first of all the problem is with the NATIVE IN-GAME CHAT, not the party chat. i get the sense that at least one of the people who replied saying that they don’t have problems are playing within a PSN party. i, too, have zero issues when chatting in a party. it’s crystal clear. but without fail, when i’m not in a party, and i try to talk to someone using evolve’s chat system, it’s terrible.
don’t get me wrong: you can often make out what they’re saying. but not always, and even when you’re able to follow one another it’s overly loud and blown out. the best comparison i can make is that it sounds like the other person is screaming into a walkie talkie. other times i’m not even that lucky and i’m forced to mute the other person because it’s just loud, unintelligible noises.
to the few who suggested that the problem is on our end, with our microphones, it’s not. for one, the problem persists whether the audio is coming through the headphones or the television (or in my case, monitor). nor is it on the end of the person speaking, because people have told me in-game that they can’t understand a word i’m saying, only to hear me just fine when i invite them to a PSN party.
the in-game chat is seriously bad. to the point that i dislike solo queueing, independent of the usual reasons. in a game where is so important it’s hardly worth playing when you can’t understand one another.
for now i’ve been creating a PSN party and inviting people there. but i would prefer not to use a workaround.