Microsoft Debuts In-Game Chat Transcription For Windows 10 And Xbox One

Have you ever wanted to send a message while playing an intense MMO, but did not have time to type? Microsoft has the solution for you, as the company has just released the pilot for its Game Chat Transcription feature for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

Game Chat Transcription features speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities. Speech-to-text converts what a player is verbally conveying into text. Text-to-speech enables typed text to be spoken aloud to other players. This feature is perfect for deaf or hard-of-hearing gamers, or gamers who are simply doing a lot of multitasking. According to Microsoft, this feature offers a “new way to communicate that creates a more accessible and inclusive gaming experience for everyone.”

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Game Chat Transcription will initially only be available for Halo Wars 2. In order to activate this feature, go to your settings and select “Ease of Access”. Here you will find the Game Chat Transcription tab. Gamers can select speech-to-text or text-to-speech from this window. Players can even choose what voice will read their text aloud.

Microsoft has been working hard to beef up its gaming experiences. The company has been chipping away at “Game Mode” for Windows 10. The ultimate goal of Game Mode is to prioritize the CPU and GPU for gaming. Windows would ideally allocate as many resources from each processors as possible in order to improve performance.
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Microsoft also recently introduced Beam to both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. Beam allows gamers to watch their favorite Xbox or Windows-derived streams on the same platforms. Users can chat, use emotes, and even earn reputation through XP and "Sparks".

Xbox One sales hit a record high this past January, with corporate vice president of Xbox Marketing Mike Nichols noting that sales jumped by 21 percent year-over-year. The PlayStation 4, however, still continues to beat out the Xbox One by a 2:1 margin globally.