Xbox Party Chat is adding text-to-speech and speech-to-text for greater accessibility

Microsoft is taking further steps in making Xbox accessible and inclusive, this time adding features to its Xbox Party Chat system.

The new features just rolled out to Xbox Insiders, allowing the chat system to offer speech-to-text transcription as well as text-to-speech synthesis.

The speech-to-text system converts all spoken words from party chat into adjustable text that is overlaid on gameplay, while text-to-speech adds a synthetic voice to the chat.

“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.”

Microsoft adds that there are benefits to everyone: “They are also generally useful for detecting microphone problems, or distinguishing game audio from people in the party talking!”

Once the new features roll out, they can be found under Settings > Ease of Access > Game and chat transcription.

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