Microsoft revealed a new pilot fea­ture today for Xbox One and Win­dow 10 PCs which they have titled Game Chat Tran­scrip­tion. 

It is exact­ly what you would think, allow­ing speech-to text and text-to-speech capa­bil­i­ties. This will offer a new way to com­mu­ni­cate that cre­ates a more acces­si­ble and inclu­sive expe­ri­ence. Game Chat Tran­scrip­tion can be used two ways:

  • 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.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this fea­ture is only avail­able for one game on both these plat­forms, and that game is Halo Wars 2. Microsoft is plan­ning on bring­ing this fea­ture to oth­er games in the future. If you are play­ing Halo Wars 2 and want to try this new fea­ture out, it is ready today. Below is a step by step to acti­vate the fea­ture:

  1. Go to Set­tings > All set­tings > Ease of Access > Game Chat Tran­scrip­tion.
  2. To tran­scribe oth­er play­ers’ voic­es into text, select 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.
Xbox Adds a Game Chat Transcription Feature, For Only One Game
Game Chat Tran­scrip­tion in Halo Wars 2