While artificial intelligence has already bringing innovations in games, Voice AI can make it more interactive
Artificial intelligence (AI) generated voices sound more humanistic than ever. While AI has helped create various interactive elements in video games, including the NPCs (Non Player Characters), with the ability to create voice dupes, AI can bring forth many innovations in the gaming industry.
Generally, AI uses neural networks to process and understand big data sets. In Voice AI, developers use voice commands and data to train the model. Though sound synthesis and text to speech technologies have been around since few years, now artificial intelligence can generate highly realistic audio samples within a matter of few hours. As voice emerges as a widespread user interface heading towards ubiquity, AI will be a helm to augment its usability in new areas, which includes gaming too. Even, voice AI developers will play a key role in helping build and deliver innovative voice-enabled experiences for avid gamers.
For instance, Hasbro released a voice-activated version of its popular board game Monopoly. The game allows players to interact with an electronic black top hat in the middle of the board using voice commands. Startup companies like Sonantic, work with actors to create AI voice models, which can then be leased to games studios to be voice characters in a game, while Replica Studios uses complex neural network algorithms, which are trained to mimic human voices.
To create deepfake human voice, game (or AI) developers employ text-to-speech (TTS) technology, sometimes in combination with automated speech recognition (ASR) and processing of natural language processing (NLP) softwares. As voice AI continues to evolve, programmers are looking for ways to use TTS to make gaming more accessible and to add voice functionality, which is generally not available through a single interface. Thanks to artificial intelligence TTS has come a long way since it was infamous for producing robotic sounding voices. Through voice AI, game developers can add emotions, accents, nuances, laughter, and other paralinguistic sounds and expressions to game avatars and NPCs; making them sound more human like and giving them a distinct personality. Apart from character voices, Voice AI can help in adding elements like natural sounding digital voices to narrate the storyline with the appropriate emotion and emphasis, during game prototyping.
Games have come a long way, evolving from rule-based AI to modern conversational AI programs. Thanks to Voice AI changing games played today are presenting a real life like experience. Some of these games also have features like virtual voice assistants and chatbots. Through these assistants, gamers can control the actions in various games with their voices. One of such popular artificial intelligence-powered voice assistant is Fridai. Fridai is used in games like Minecraft, FIFA20, Hunt, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Revn.
Fridai lives in the PC and provides a seamless solution for game-related tasks, without interrupting the game experience. Fridai helps gamers keep their hands and attention on the game, instead of having to fiddle with external systems, buttons and menus to do what they want. This customizable assistant can help with recording a clip for social media, interacting with stream viewers, or seeking help to get past tricky levels in games. Basically, voice assistants like Fridai enable a string of possibilities that were not earlier feasible with remote controllers or joysticks.
The voice AI in the games is extremely impressive. From providing artificially generated voices and the ability to strike up conversations with dialogues to help gamers complete a variety of tasks and more, voice AI has just begun redefining gaming for us. Along with unlimited potentials, voice AI will also bring personalized and dynamic atmosphere in the gaming environment for gamers. Further, it will also raise the bar on production quality in game prototyping at reduced expenses.