The PC and console gaming communities are quite different. The consoles gamers boast about being able to trade their games, and game on a comfy couch. The PC gamers, on the other hand, have pretty graphics and compatibility with every input device ever made.
However, there is one difference that is very noticeable: voice chat. Console players use voice chat all the time, but it is much rare to find that on the PC. That’s because PC players have a keyboard – they can just type, rather than talk.
Whatever the reasons may be, it is how it is. But, this is a problem for Microsoft. The Xbox team wants to bring PC and Xbox under the same umbrella. Windows 10, after all, is a Microsoft platform.
Xbox Play Anywhere
The Xbox Play Anywhere program has made several Xbox exclusives available on Windows 10. Some of these games are even cross-platform and allow players on the Xbox One and Windows 10 to play together.
Unfortunately, the Xbox One players are accustomed to voice communication, while the PC players on Windows 10 are accustomed to text chat. This causes problems, as communication is often essential to having fun.
Fortunately, Microsoft has the resources to fix this tiny problem.
Microsoft is testing a feature called “Game Chat Transcription,” allowing for speech-to-text and text-to-speech conversions in real-time for games that support it. The first game to support it is Halo Wars 2.
Halo Wars 2 is an excellent choice to experiment with a feature such as this. It’s a real-time strategy game that relies extensively on good teamwork and communication. It’s also cross-platform, which means Xbox One players and Windows 10 players are often on the same team.
The feature is available right now on Xbox One and Windows 10. It’s available to all players and is not limited to the Xbox or Windows Insiders.
Since this feature is technically an accessibility-related feature, it’s under the Ease of Access settings.
If you wish to enable it, click here for detailed instructions for Xbox One and Windows 10.
Features such as this solidify Microsoft’s position in the console market. It’s an edge over Redmond’s competition, at least as far as the software is concerned.