Text To Speech: A Must-Have Advantage in Game Development

Text-to-Speech technology, and Voice AIs have transformed the gaming industry by providing impressive features and cutting production time and cost in half.

Text To Speech: A Must-Have Advantage in Game Development
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Games are a prime example of story-telling and total submersion into a new world. The best games have grand visuals, vibrant music, riveting characters, and beautifully laid down plot points.

Along with this, the advent of reliable Text To Speech technology has made game developers' lives dramatically easier by reducing the time spent in voice production.

Text to Speech ( TTS ) technology witnessed rapid innovations and applications across various fields, gaming being one of them. TTS has quickly made itself indispensable in game development peer groups. It is turning major heads with its expressive voices that are adaptable to the player’s preference.

In fact, TTS forms a significant part of other more prominent technologies like Conversational AI, Synthetic Voices and smart Interactive Voice Response, etc.

Let's take a look at how TTS is soon becoming a must-have tool in the gaming industry and otherwise as well:

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TTS Reduces the Cost of Prototyping

Prototyping is the process of making mock-ups of concepts and designs in development. Games use prototyping in different stages of their production cycles to ensure feasibility.

TTS enables developers to visualize different dialogue sequences and narration scenes without using actual voices. It helps in assessing dialogues that work and the ones that need re-writing. Additionally, Voice AIs provide the flexibility of changing dialogue spacings and voice intonations.

The possibilities of TTS are numerous as there is no dependency on voice actors. Although game producers might want to use voice artists in the final version, using AI voice in the prototyping stage reduces cost significantly.        

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A Foray into Voice Personalization

There is a particular fascination for personalizations in gaming. Who doesn’t want to give their in-game characters fancy traits, clothes, and accessories? Personalization makes the gaming experience immersive and has thus become an integral part of it.

TTS technology adds personalized traits to the characters in the game and the overall gameplay narration with realistic, human-like voices. With a myriad of voice styles available, the players can tinker with each voice's cadence, gender, regionality, and expression.  

TTS can Enhance Accessibility Features

Accessibility is how easily a player can interface with the game and vice-versa. Conventionally, the in-game instructions and cues were conveyed through texts and narration. Naturally, a person who finds it hard to read would be at a loss.

Therefore, more games have started to use voice narration and vocal instructions inside games. TTS engines also make reading and comprehension accessible for a broader range of players, including those with learning disabilities.

Possibility for Error and Iterative Correction

TTS diminishes the literal cost of making errors. There is ample room for edits, changes, reworks, and redos. Developers no longer have to rely on voice artists from external studios, thus avoiding hassles such as hiring and coordination. In-house voice production is now completely viable through Voice AIs.

Game Developers follow an agile approach where they keep revisiting implementations until the final product is satisfactory. This couldn’t have been possible without TTS, as the cost associated with TTS edits is far lower than offline editing.

Effortless Translation into Multiple Languages

Earlier, the process of voice translation required re-recording of dialogues with native voice artists. A daunting and expensive task by all means. With the entry of  TTS into the game market, language translation has become almost instantaneous.

Now, developers do not need to record voice artists for several languages. A single Voice AI can emulate different native voices on the go. TTS has streamlined the entire process by providing access to several languages and dialects. Listnr allows you access to a vast selection of 570+ unique voice styles.

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TTS is Cost-Effective and Quick

A traditional approach to recording dialogues would involve various steps and dependencies. From hiring competent voice artists to nailing down the delivery of dialogues, it was time-consuming and exhausting.

It would often be hard to schedule the same artists for small changes later in the production. All this resulted in frustration and made the process long and overdrawn.

TTS technology has reduced these hassles and saved time and costs to the company, thus increasing the business's bottom line.

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It won’t be long before game development studios across the world start embracing the power of TTS and its ease of use. This shift, where games will have a wide variety of voices and voice-related features, is imminent. The efforts and time companies previously spent on voice recordings will find better uses in other areas of game development.

Join the future now and develop immersive games with captivating voices and storylines swiftly.    

FAQs:

What is the best AI voice?

The best AI voice is the one that does text to speech translation with minimal outside input and time. A TTS service that is easy to use and understand will always fare better in the market.

With Listnr AI, you can also use the native player built into the service

Is play HT free?

Like Listnr, play.ht is a subscription-based TTS service with the first 100 words free. Post the free words you will need to buy the new words or subscription plan relevant to your needs.

Listnr provides you with more than 570 voices from 75 different languages with attractive subscription plans.

Can you Deepfake a voice?

It is entirely possible to deepfake a voice with the current state of TTS technology and deep learning. The two major inputs you need for creating a deepfake voice are a dummy sentence and the original voice saying that sentence. This way any voice can be deepfaked.    

What is Voice Pods?

Voicepod is a text-to-speech service built to help people with reading disabilities. It provides a read-along feature with voice expression and language control.

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