Microsoft is piloting a new feature called "Game Chat Transcription" for Windows 10 and Xbox One. It allows users to take advantage of text-to-speech and speech-to-text capabilities. Beginning with Halo Wars 2, the functionality will begin rolling out to more games with the passage of time.
Speech-to-text converts all the player’s voice communications in the game chat into text, allowing others to read the text on their screen in real-time, while text-to-speech allows players to have their typed text spoken aloud to other players in the game. It is already available for Halo Wars 2, so gamers can test this feature out in the real time strategy game.
To activate this functionality, you'll have to follow the procedure detailed below:
- Go to Settings > All settings > Ease of Access > Game Chat Transcription.
- To transcribe other players’ voices into text, select Speech-to-text.
- To have your chat text read aloud to other players, select Text-to-speech.
- 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.
Microsoft is adding a host of accessibility features to Windows 10 with the upcoming Creators Update and this will surely be a welcome addition. The company has promised to bring more "inclusive" features to its products and has invited user feedback for the same. You can provide your remarks for chat transcription and more on the Xbox UserVoice forum.