Xbox consoles receive new audio accessibility feature for system sound effects

Ben Bayliss1 minute read

Xbox consoles have received a new audio accessibility feature that mutes system sound effects.

Xbox consoles now allow users to mute system sound effects through a new audio accessibility feature as mentioned by Xbox’s engineering lead, Eden Marie on Twitter. The feature offers users two options; mute navigation sounds, mute notification sounds, or both.

The feature can be found in the console’s settings area in the accessibility section under audio and sits next to the Mono output feature. Marie states that the feature can be used by those with auditory sensitivities or who just want to navigate their system without the sound effects. It’s also detailed that this came from feedback from Xbox’s Insider program.

It’s not clear if this is a feature available on Xbox One, but it is available on Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

In October 2021, Xbox announced that its consoles were getting a range of new accessibility updates including Night Mode, Color Filters, and the public release of the party chat text-to-speech and speech-to-text support. Additionally, the “Ease of Use” term was renamed to Accessibility.

In addition to console updates, Xbox has also added accessibility tags to the store. This feature allows users to see what features they can expect from a game before making an informed decision on whether they purchase or download a title.

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Ben is the one in charge of keeping the content cogs at Can I Play That? turning. Deafness means that he has a focus on discussing captions, but with experience in consultancy and advocacy, he covers what bases he can. Having written about accessibility in video games at DualShockers, GamesRadar+, GamesIndustry.biz, Wireframe, and more he continues his advocacy at CIPT. He was actually awarded a Good Games Writing award for an article he wrote here! He enjoys a range of games, but anything that’s open-world and with a photo mode will probably be his cup of tea. You can get in touch with him at: ben@caniplaythat.com

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