Third-party VOIP programs have been a part of PC gaming since before Leeroy went Jenkins - but rarely have they helped a game fulfil its fantasy in the way VoiceAttack has Elite: Dangerous.
Voice commands have allowed us to indulge in Rainbow Six’s tango-lingo in the past - but never to utter “go cold” and trigger our ship’s silent running mode.
VoiceAttack converts commands into keyboard and mouse presses, which makes it the perfect proxy space flight tool. Observe.
The Elite alpha backer behind the video, Spriggs, says voices commands make a “helluva difference” when dogfighting.
“But it’s great for all the housekeeping stuff too,” he wrote, “like landing gear and power management. The ability to drop shields and switch your main drives on and off is a real boost when you're in the asteroid fields and want to remain unseen.”
Braben and team finished the last leg of alpha development last week - pushing the final of four releases out to a sub-tier of Kickstarter backers.
The Elite: Dangerous premium beta will go live tomorrow - opening this game of gas giants, hyperdrive jumps and docking stations up to a far wider audience.
Our Steve’s already in love with it. Maybe you are too?