Microsoft brings in-game chat transcription to Windows 10 and Xbox One

Edward Hudson By: Edward Hudson
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If you’ve been looking for a way to chat with another player while playing a video game, Microsoft has now debuted an in-game chat transcription feature for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

The Game Chat Transcription features speech-to-text to convert what you verbally convey into words. For players with hearing difficulty or those that perform multiple tasks, the feature also includes text-to-speech capabilities to translate typed text into spoken words. Microsoft explains how the new feature  works:

  • 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.

Microsoft added that Game Chat Transcription will initially be available in Halo Wars 2, with plans to add support for more games in the future. Here’s how to activate the feature:

On Xbox One

  1. Go to Settings > All settings > Ease of Access > Game chat transcription.
  2. Transcribe other players’ voices into text by selecting 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.

On a Windows 10 PC

  1. Open the Xbox app and go to Settings > General > Game chat transcription.
  2. To transcribe other players’ voices into text, select Speech-to-text.
  3. In order 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.

The Redmond giant promises more Xbox feature improvements in the future. Are you eager to check out the in-game chat transcription on Windows 10 and Xbox One? Share your thoughts.

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