Who doesn’t want to speak to their ship’s AI and have it carry out tasks on demand? This is a mod that will change the way you play Elite Dangerous forever.
Voice Attack is the most popular program to put voice command functionality into Elite Dangerous. It translates spoken commands into keyboard and mouse inputs to complete actions in-game. You can even have conversations with the ship.
It works exceptionally well, too. Once configured, saying “silent running” will automatically lower heat signatures, with the AI acknowledging with a simple “silent running activated”. “Request docking” requests permission to dock with the nearest station – a massive timesaver for those who hate flicking through menus. “Deploy hardpoints” deploys weapons, with the AI acknowledging by saying “go get ’em.” Why? Why not.
The result is a much more immersive experience, but this comes at a small cost. While you can test the program with a free trial, the full program is $10 – an amount that will hardly break the bank and will enhance your Elite Dangerous experience substantially.
Amazon Polly (formerly IVONA) is a more expensive alternative but just as capable. After a fairly generous free trial, the program adopts a pay-as-you-go model, with players paying $4 for every one million characters when giving speech requests. Your mileage will vary depending on how much you play., but it’s safe to say that the Voice Attack option will likely be the more cost-effective option for many.