What We’ll See Next

As one of the most popular uses of voice today, gaming is poised to continue gaining momentum and drive unique applications of the technology.

From platform integrations to companion gaming assistants, voice is looking to stay in the game for years to come:  

Voice-First Gaming Becomes Standard

While voice-led games have already emerged as a popular video game variety, we still see the application of voice as nascent. For in-game experiences, we imagine voice taking a more central role allowing users to speak out loud into headsets and have their responses be interpreted by characters in games. Instead of menus and text selection, voice will become a new more immersive way to communicate in-game. Additionally, on the hardware side of things, it won’t be long before we see voice-enabled, ad voice-controlled consoles with custom wake words. Much like the smart home is developing with voice as an interface, the major platform developers will be thinking of voice as a way to navigate and manage functionality as well.

Assistants as Gaming Gurus

Although companies like Gosu AI have already started developing the market for voice-based assistance during gaming, this is a potentially huge area for voice and one we expect to expand rapidly. For casual gamers, assistants can serve as helpful companions to guide them through tough levels or help teach them complex gameplay. For more advanced users, assistants can potentially be used to help them ‘hack’ games or explore hidden features, easter eggs, or other nuanced areas of a video game. Thinking even further out, it’s not out of the question to imagine gamers becoming assistant app developers and selling their unique assistants to other fellow gamers looking to replicate their gaming strategies. 

Voice Tech Makes Gaming Real

Since voice technology emerged, voice AI has been continually refined to be more realistic and human-like. As video games continue to reinvent the cutting-edge with impressive graphics, new platforms, and immersive gameplay, voice could be the next frontier, both from a character and player standpoint. For in-game characters, we expect to see voice AI replace or enhance voice actors' roles by creating realistic and unique synthetic voices that bring new depth to on-screen characters. For players, we can imagine their voices being processed in real time by voice synthesis technology so they can immerse themselves deeper in avatars and customize how they sound to others across headsets.

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