Microsoft is making Xbox consoles more accessible for all users, including those with hearing and speech problems. According to the company, Xbox Party Chat for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S now has speech-to-text and text-to-speech transcription.

The new support is currently only available for Xbox Insiders for testing. It expands on the Party Chat feature Microsoft launched back in 2017. Party Chat gives gamers on Xbox consoles the ability to communicate with other players through text and voice.

By adding text-to-speech, everything written in the Party Chat will be converted to speech, helping vision impaired users. As for speech-to-text, everything said through voice in the chat will be converted into text to help hearing impaired users.

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In a blog post, the Xbox team explains the benefits of the new support:

“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. They are also generally useful for detecting microphone problems or distinguishing game audio from people in the party talking!”

Setting it Up

Setting up text-to-speech and speech-to-text is easy. Users can visit the Settings menu on their Xbox consoles and select “Ease of Access”. In the Game option choose “chat transcription”. Another method is to click the options within the Chat Party.

If you’re an Xbox Insider, let us know how the new transcription features work in Chat Party.

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