Microsoft announced a new accessibility feature for Xbox and PC gamers. This new feature allows a person to have their spoken game chat transmissions transcribe to text for those who cannot hear, and it also allows people to have their text chat transmissions converted to speech for those who are blind and cannot read the screen.
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Today, Microsoft is releasing a new pilot feature available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs called Game Chat Transcription. This feature allows speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities, offering a new way to communicate that creates a more accessible and inclusive gaming experience for everyone.
Game Chat Transcription works in two ways:
• Speech-to-text provides the ability to convert all player’s voice communications in the game chat into text, so the player using this feature can read the text on their screen in real-time.
• Text-to-speech provides the ability for players using this feature to have their typed text spoken aloud to other players in the game.
Game Chat Transcription will initially be available in Halo Wars 2, with the goal of adding support for more games in the future. We think you will enjoy using this cool new feature, so be sure to try it out!
How to activate this feature:
1. Go to Settings > All settings > Ease of Access > Game Chat Transcription.
2. To transcribe other players’ voices into text, select Speech-to-text.
3. To have your chat text read aloud to other players, select Text-to-speech.
4. To choose the voice that other players will hear when your chat text is read aloud, select one of the available voices in the Text-to-speech voice menu.