Xbox Party Chat now supports speech to text and text to speech transcriptions.

The June Xbox update comes with a host of other features but this feature, in particular, is a great accessibility feature for speech to text and text to speech transcription which will help gamers with typing difficulties or reading difficulties communicate more openly with their friends online. Below is the official press outline from Jonathan Hildebrandt, Principal Program Manager at Xbox Experiences :

At Team Xbox, we believe gaming should be inclusive, approachable, and accessible to everyone. That includes making it easy for gamers to play and communicate together. Party chat, used by gamers around the world to talk to their friends while playing, now supports converting speech into text and text into speech. Each of these features can be used to help gamers who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or cannot or choose not to speak.

Speech-to-Text: By enabling speech-to-text transcription, gamers can have all words spoken by the people in a party converted into text that’s displayed in an adjustable overlay on top of gameplay.

Text-to-Speech: By enabling text-to-speech synthesis, gamers can type into party text chat and have that read by a synthetic voice to the rest of the people in the party (with a choice of several voices per language).

Both speech-to-text and text-to-speech functionality can be enabled in Settings under Ease of Access > Game and chat transcription. When in a party, you can also access this screen under Options > Configure Ease of Access settings.

This feature comes along with updates to the mobile app, group organizing on the Xbox dash and improving the robustness of the family app. you can read the full update notes here.

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