A new feature is being introduced by Microsoft on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. This will introduce the ability to automatically transcribe in-game voice chat and the ability to verbally narrate in-game text chat.
Both text-to-speech and text-to-speech functionality will be introduced in this feature, known as ‘Game Chat Transcription’. Microsoft aims to widen accessability in multiplayer, as well as allow different and easier ways for players to communicate while playing online. The feature will be available exclusively for Halo Wars 2 when it rolls out, but will be integrated into other games eventually.
Game Chat Transcription is not available at the moment, but is expected to launch in the near future. The feature will be embedded in the OS, and there is speculation that functionality may expand to third-party games in the future.
However, we’ve listed down a guide on how to enable Game Chat Transcription, so you know how to get right into it as soon as it goes live:
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
Game Chat Transcription looks like an interesting new feature, and may work well with cross platform titles like Halo Wars 2. This feature hopefully bridge the gap between text-to-speech and speech-to-text, and thus the gaps between subsets of supported game’s player base.