Microsoft revealed a new pilot feature today for Xbox One and Window 10 PCs which they have titled Game Chat Transcription.
It is exactly what you would think, allowing speech-to text and text-to-speech capabilities. This will offer a new way to communicate that creates a more accessible and inclusive experience. Game Chat Transcription can be used 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.
Unfortunately, this feature is only available for one game on both these platforms, and that game is Halo Wars 2. Microsoft is planning on bringing this feature to other games in the future. If you are playing Halo Wars 2 and want to try this new feature out, it is ready today. Below is a step by step to activate the feature:
- Go to Settings > All settings > Ease of Access > Game Chat Transcription.
- To transcribe other players’ voices into text, select Speech-to-text.
- To have your chat text read aloud to other players, select Text-to-speech.
- 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.