Party Chat Accessibility Overlay

The Xbox June 2021 update is rolling out imminently to all Xbox users, but admittedly it's a fairly quiet one this time around, albeit with some handy new features - particularly in terms of accessibility improvements to Party Chat.

Here's a brief overview of what's on the way, with more details available at Xbox Wire:

Party Chat: Speech-to-Text and Text-to-Speech

Speech-to-Text: By enabling speech-to-text transcription, gamers can have all words spoken by the people in a party converted into text that’s displayed in an adjustable overlay on top of gameplay.

Text-to-Speech: By enabling text-to-speech synthesis, gamers can type into party text chat and have that read by a synthetic voice to the rest of the people in the party (with a choice of several voices per language).

Official Posts in the Xbox Mobile App

Over the course of this month, you will start to be able to see official posts from your favorite games. The posts are viewable from the app homepage and you can like, share, or comment on them.

Reorder Groups in the Guide

Now there’s a new “Move groups” button built right into the “My games & apps” screen in the guide, letting you customize the order of your groups. To use it, open the guide, select My games & apps, and then select Move groups to rearrange your groups.

Review and Approve Your Family’s Cross Network Play Requests

Kids who use Xbox child accounts as part of a family group can now ask for their parent or caregiver’s approval to play games like Minecraft with others who play on other gaming services. Parents can approve or decline their kids’ request using the Xbox Family Settings app on Android or iOS or right from the console.

Which of these new features are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below.

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