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Speak your dialogue lines out loud in Skyrim VR with this voice recognition mod

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Skyrim's protagonist is famously silent, but a new mod allows you to give them a voice: yours. Dragonborn Speaks Naturally adds voice recognition into the VR version (opens in new tab) of the game, which means you can speak your dialogue lines out loud to select them during conversations. Neat.

Dragonborn Speaks Naturally (opens in new tab) works by running a background speech recognition service that hooks into Skyrim's code and identifies lines of dialogues, selecting them in-game if you say them out loud. It'll work with whatever microphone you want to use, although creator Cuebit advises against using the HTC Vive's built-in mic. You should also try to get rid of any background noise like the whirring of a fan before trying it out, and ensure your microphone volume is turned all the way up.

I imagine that if it accurately picks up your speech then it might make you feel more involved in the game, almost like you're having an actual back-and-forth conversation with an NPC. I often find myself saying dialogue lines out loud without thinking when I'm playing Skyrim, so if you're anything like me then it should feel natural. But if it fails to pick up what you're saying, or if you stumble over a word, it'll just be annoying. 

Thankfully, most people that have downloaded it seem impressed (opens in new tab) with its accuracy. Some users say it's causing their game to crash, so it might take a bit of tinkering to get it to work properly.

You have to install this dynamic-link library loader (opens in new tab) before following these instructions on installing the mod (opens in new tab).

For more cool mods, check out our definitive guide to the best Skyrim mods (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti
Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.