Blizzard introduces new accessibility updates

If we look at the innovations in WoW Patch 9.1 “Chains of Dominion” think, then we first think of the new Korthia zone, the Tazavesh megadungeon or the new Raid Sanctum of Dominion. With the update, however, a lot of small adjustments and improvements have landed on the live servers. Including a whole range of features with which Blizzard wants to optimize accessibility and accessibility. In an article on the official WoW website, the designers have now presented the updates for accessibility in detail.


We’re excited to announce that you can add several new updates to accessibility to your Chains of Dominion experience. This ensures that adventures in the Shadowlands are truly epic for everyone. All accessibility options, including these new updates, can be found in the user interface of the game menu (standard shortcut: ESC).

Transcription for voice chats

Don’t miss anything by your Voicechat transcribe used to convert spoken language into a text chat. So you can follow every conversation at your own pace.

If you activate this function in the accessibility menu, a new symbol will appear in the window for the chat channels next to the symbol for the voice chat. Click on this symbol to activate or deactivate voice transcription for individual voice chats. When the voice transcription is activated, a voice chat window is opened in which the speech of other chat participants is converted into text. Players can choose where the voice transcription window should appear from a drop-down menu: “New Tab”, “In Line”, or “Both” (similar to in-game whispering).

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Reading of text chats

Transformed with the new Reading of text chats written texts in an audio commentary. This option activates the text-to-speech function for all text-based chat channels and system messages.

Click on the option “Read text chat” in the accessibility window so that the text in the chat window is played acoustically by a synthetic voice of the operating system. The text-to-speech options include:

  • Warning tones for new chats, line breaks and chat activity in a window without it having to be active
  • The reading of a player character’s name when their chat message is read aloud
  • Different voices (depending on how many available audio packs have been installed through the operating system; Windows and Mac are supported)
  • Adjustment of speech rate and volume
  • Different voice for system messages
  • Selection of channels and sources to be read aloud

Text-to-Speech-Befehle

To activate or deactivate various options, enter / tts and then the command:

menu – Opens the text-to-speech configuration menu.
mymessages – Enable or disable reading of your own messages.
channel [Name] – Activates or deactivates a channel.
tone line – Sounds a tone that separates chat lines.
sound activity – Sounds a sound when there is activity in a chat window.
name tags – reads in front.
nsc – Enable or disable messages from NSCs.
system – Enables or disables system messages.
emote – Enable or disable emote messages.
Whisper – Enables or disables whispering.
say – enable or disable “say” messages.
scream – enable or disable “scream” messages.
Squad Leader – Enables or disables messages from the squad leader.
group – Enable or disable group messaging.
success – enables or disables success messages.
officer – Enables or disables officer messages.
Guild Announcement – Enable or disable guild announcements.
guild – Enable or disable guild messages.
Raid Leader – Enable or disable raid leader messages.
Raid – Enables or disables raid messages.
Raid Alert – Enable or disable raid alerts.
Instance Leader – Enables or disables instance leader messages.
instance – Enables or disables instance messages.
blizzard – Enable or disable whispered messages from Blizzard.
alternate system voice – Activates an alternate voice for system messages.
alternative voice [1-10] – Selects alternative voice.
old example – sample text for the alternate voice for system messages
volume [0-100] – Adjusts the volume.
speed [0-10] – Adjusts the speaking rate.
voice [0-10] – Select the voice.
standard – Restores the default text-to-speech settings.
example – Speaks example text.
settings – Reads out the current settings.
stop – stops speaking the current message.
on – Enables text-to-speech.
off – Deactivates text-to-speech.
help – Reads a list of all settings.
Help [Name des Befehls] – Reads out information about the named command.
/ tts stop – Stop the voice output of the current message.
/ tts old-example – sample text for the alternate voice for system messages

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Speak for me (synthetic voice)

With the new option Speak for me your text turns into speech. If this function is active while you are in a voice chat with other players, you get access to the new text chat channel “PartyVoice”. Everything you type in PartyVoice is read to other players in your voice channel in a synthetic voice. Please note that this function is only available on English clients.

Tip: Show your solidarity with other players by activating “Speak for me” – you never know who you could help!

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Contrast for quest texts

Make reading easier for you by Contrast for quest texts activated. With this new setting, your quest log window will have a plain background so that the quest text is easier to read.

Contrast comparison

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Adjusting Light Reflexions

Also determines the intensity of reflected light Adjusting Light Reflexions. Enter the command “/ console specular” with a multiplier between 0.0 and 1.0 in the chat. A multiplier of 0.5 partially allows the reflection effect.

Example: “/ console specular 1” is the default.







WoW: The sun in the game is reflected by the surging water with full, radiant standard intensity.

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WoW: The sun in the game is reflected by the surging water with full, radiant standard intensity.





WoW: The adjusted light reflection with the multiplier 0.5 attenuates the intensity of the light reflected from the water.

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WoW: The adjusted light reflection with the multiplier 0.5 attenuates the intensity of the light reflected from the water.









WoW: If the light reflection is set to the multiplier 0, the light reflected by the water disappears completely.

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WoW: If the light reflection is set to the multiplier 0, the light reflected by the water disappears completely.





Extension of the accessibility settings

We have expanded our accessibility menu with the additional options listed here. The settings for the color blind mode can now be found in a submenu of “Accessibility”.

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