The new Game Chat Transcription features bring text-to-speech and speech-to-text to Xbox games. Here's how to enable them.
Added in a recent software update to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, Game Chat Transcription is a brand new feature that's designed widen accessibility in multiplayer titles. Here's a closer look at what it offers and how to use it.
What is Game Chat Transcription?
When enabled, Game Chat Transcription automatically transcribes in-game voice chats into text and in-game text chat into audible speech for other players. It bridges the gap between typed and verbal communication, opening up the platform to those with related disabilities.
Although still in its early stages, the current implementation manages to frequently translate between text and speech on the fly. It's still common to encounter spelling errors, mistranslations and other inaccuracies, however, which can be caused by the technology itself and player pronunciation.
Which games currently support the feature?
For now, Microsoft debuted the feature exclusively in Halo Wars 2, providing a new way for players to communicate during multiplayer and co-op matches. Microsoft has announced plans to integrate functionality across more titles, but it has yet to announce any information on when this can be expected.
However, being baked into the OS, it wouldn't be hugely surprising if third-party titles also began to adopt the feature later down the line.