Forza Horizon 5 Will Have On-Screen Sign Language Interpreter As Well As a Full Set of Accessibility Features

Xbox continues to lead the way in accessibility with the inclusion of an on screen sign language interpreter in Forza Horizon 5.

In an Xbox Wire blog post, Mike Brown, Creative Director of Forza Horizon 5 at Playground Games highlights the accessibility features that will be included in the new games, and sign language is on feature of many.

Below from Xbox Wire details all accessibility features:

  • A Game Speed Modification setting that allows gamers to play Forza Horizon 5 at a reduced speed when playing offline; this feature is great for newcomers and those who would like more time to progress through the game.
  • High Contrast mode that changes colors to make things such as menus and text easier to distinguish for gamers.
  • Color Blindness mode that allows players with color blindness to better visualize game elements. Players can adjust color blind settings independently for the UI and the game visuals.  
  • For Subtitles, we know the importance of customization. With these, you’ll be able to:
    • Turn subtitles on or off
    • Adjust the font size
    • Adjust the background opacity
    • Ability to highlight key words
  • Customize menu and gameplay font size.
  • Screen reader narrator that reads text, buttons, and other elements aloud.
  • Text-to-speech and speech-to-text options for players that want to participate in Voice Chat and either need to send synthesized voice or receive voice chat as synthesized text.
  • Ability to disable moving backgrounds.
  • Notification duration setting, which allows players to set how long notifications in the game appear.

See, I’m not always bitter and snarky. There are things that I care about and accessibility for all people to enjoy gaming is one of them. As always, I hope the industry in general follows Microsoft’s lead in this area.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

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