Xbox Party Chat Adds Speech Transcribing and Speech Synthesis Options

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Microsoft is attempting to make Xbox the most accessible platform, and the latest accessibility improvements are heading to Xbox Party Chat.

As Xbox Wire reports, the Xbox Party Chat system available to Xbox Insiders now includes options for transcribing speech to text and for synthesis of speech from text. It means that you have the choice of reading all interactions in text form as an adjustable overlay on top of games, or alternatively, having any text messages automatically converted to synthetic speech and spoken while you play wearing your favorite gaming headset.

As Scott Hannus, Senior Program Manager at Xbox explains, “Either one of these features (or both working together) can be used to help gamers who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or cannot or choose not to speak to participate in Xbox Party Chat without special accommodation from others in the party. They are also generally useful for detecting microphone problems or distinguishing game audio from people in the party talking!”

If you are an Xbox Insider and want to try out these two new features, simply navigate to Settings and select Ease of Access > Game and chat transcription to see the new options. It’s also possible to access these features when in a party by navigating to Options > Configure Ease of Access settings.

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By experimenting with these accessibility options, you’re helping Microsoft work out the kinks before rolling it out to everyone who owns an Xbox and hopefully enhancing the gaming experience for everyone.

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