New Accessibility Features for Madden NFL 20 Revealed; Adds Speech Transcription, Menu Narration, and More
During yesterday’s EA Play event, the studio talked more about the exciting content for Apex Legend’s Season 2 and revealed the much-needed FIFA Street-inspired Volta mode coming to FIFA 20. They didn’t forget to treat Madden NFL 20 players with some news regarding better accessibility features.
Year after year, the studio slowly but surely adds more accessibility features to make sure everyone gets to enjoy the football experience. There are several significant improvements coming to Madden NFL 20, including speech transcription for game chat, much more advanced and complex menu narration compared to Madden NFL 19, and much more.
Madden NFL 20 adds in text-to-speech and speech-to-text functionality to game chat, which will be available at launch in select regions. This feature allows multi-way chat that supports both text entered via an in-game keyboard, and also words spoken via microphone. There are options to transcribe and display the text of spoken words, and also options to narrate words sent via text.
While Madden NFL 19 supported narration on the top-level menu, Madden NFL 20 takes this concept much deeper. Menu narration is supported on all platforms and is available both online and offline.
To have menu narration be the best experience possible, the team hired a totally blind Madden NFL gamer as a consultant, to gain his valuable input.
The team chose to implement menu narration at the lowest possible level in the game, so nearly anything based on common UI widgets came along for the ride. This means that most of the front-end menus in the game are narrated, although there are still some gaps in coverage.
Madden NFL 20 releases on August 2nd for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out EA’s official blog for more details on all the accessibility features coming to the latest entry in the Madden franchise.