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Kinetic Games  [developer] Sep 20, 2020 @ 7:05am
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Guide: Voice Recognition
Here are some steps you can take to fix the voice recognition. This will get updated as more info is found.

Please make sure you don't skip a step.

1. Make sure your input device on windows is the microphone you want to use.
2. Go into "Speech Settings" on windows and download and install the English US language package. This will install the necessary voice recognition drivers.
3. In "Speech Settings" at the top check the box "Recognise non-native accents for this language".
4. Select your language as your voice language.
5. Under language settings click on your language, go to options and then download the speech package.
6. Go into "Online Speech Recognition" on windows and make sure that is turned on.
7. Go into "Microphone privacy settings" and make sure Phasmophobia has permission to use your microphone.
8. Go to "Cortana Language Settings" and apply your language at the bottom.
9. Update your windows 10. Go to "Check for updates" and make sure you are on version 2004.
10. Do not run Steam as Admin. For some reason this is breaking the voice recognition.
11. Head into the "other" page in options on the main menu and set your voice language there.
12. Go to the audio options in the main menu and use the voice recognition test to check if it is working.
13. If it still isn't working some people have got it working by moving the game onto their main hard drive.
14. Make sure no other application on your computer is taking control of your microphone before playing.
15. If it still doesn't work at this point try using the English UK voice pack instead.

Please make sure your voice recognition is setup and working in Windows 10.
Last edited by Kinetic Games; Oct 21, 2020 @ 6:34am
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Da_KinGanondorf Sep 20, 2020 @ 1:27pm 
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can confirm running steam not in admin fixed my problem perfectly
Originally posted by Kinetic Games:
Here are some steps you can take to fix the voice recognition. This will get updated as more info is found.

1. Make sure your input device on windows is the microphone you want to use.
2. Go into "Speech Settings" on windows and download and install the English US language package. This will install the necessary voice recognition drivers.
3. In "Speech Settings" at the top check the box "Recognise non-native accents for this language".
4. Go into "Online Speech Recognition" on windows and make sure that is turned on.
5. Go into "Microphone privacy settings" and make sure Phasmophobia has permission to use your microphone.
6. Update your windows 10.
7. Make sure you are not running Steam as admin. This breaks it for some reason.
8. Go to the audio options in the main menu and use the voice recognition test to check if it is working.

Please make sure your voice recognition is setup and working in Windows 10.

Any steps for this on Win 7?
kev0 Sep 20, 2020 @ 10:56pm 
Does 'Nothing Detected' on Spirit Box mean that the game doesn't detect the voice or doesn't detect a ghost's response?
h4mx0r Sep 21, 2020 @ 12:23am 
Originally posted by kev0:
Does 'Nothing Detected' on Spirit Box mean that the game doesn't detect the voice or doesn't detect a ghost's response?
Doesn't detect the ghost's response. The fact that it responded to you means it knows you said something.
Kinetic Games  [developer] Sep 21, 2020 @ 7:43am 
Originally posted by SUPERIOR MAN OF WONGUS WORDS:
Originally posted by Kinetic Games:
Here are some steps you can take to fix the voice recognition. This will get updated as more info is found.

1. Make sure your input device on windows is the microphone you want to use.
2. Go into "Speech Settings" on windows and download and install the English US language package. This will install the necessary voice recognition drivers.
3. In "Speech Settings" at the top check the box "Recognise non-native accents for this language".
4. Go into "Online Speech Recognition" on windows and make sure that is turned on.
5. Go into "Microphone privacy settings" and make sure Phasmophobia has permission to use your microphone.
6. Update your windows 10.
7. Make sure you are not running Steam as admin. This breaks it for some reason.
8. Go to the audio options in the main menu and use the voice recognition test to check if it is working.

Please make sure your voice recognition is setup and working in Windows 10.

Any steps for this on Win 7?


Voice recognition doesn't work on Windows 7, the minimum requirements for this game is Windows 10 however I am going to look into a way of being able to use the Spirit Box without voice recognition however I can't give a date on when this will be out.
{Macabre 737} Sep 21, 2020 @ 12:58pm 
I've tried all of the steps above and ran steam as non administrator, idk what else to do. When i load the game and go to audio settings, it says no microphone detected, i scroll over to my mic hit apply, test voice recognition, and it says "Error: voice recognition is not setup on your pc correctly.
Hex Sep 21, 2020 @ 2:01pm 
I can get the voice recognition to work in the settings menu when I first launch the game, but when the actual game starts it's only actually worked about 25% of the time. When it doesn't, when I go back to the settings it shows no mic detected, and even when I reselect it the test phrase no longer works.
Last edited by Hex; Sep 21, 2020 @ 2:02pm
Originally posted by Kinetic Games:
Originally posted by SUPERIOR MAN OF WONGUS WORDS:

Any steps for this on Win 7?


Voice recognition doesn't work on Windows 7, the minimum requirements for this game is Windows 10 however I am going to look into a way of being able to use the Spirit Box without voice recognition however I can't give a date on when this will be out.

Appreciate it. I'm trying to stick with Win 7 for as long as I can, and I really like your game, so I hope this is something you can deliver on. I'm patient for a fix.
Kinetic Games  [developer] Sep 21, 2020 @ 3:55pm 
Originally posted by {Macabre 737}:
I've tried all of the steps above and ran steam as non administrator, idk what else to do. When i load the game and go to audio settings, it says no microphone detected, i scroll over to my mic hit apply, test voice recognition, and it says "Error: voice recognition is not setup on your pc correctly.


Originally posted by Hex:
I can get the voice recognition to work in the settings menu when I first launch the game, but when the actual game starts it's only actually worked about 25% of the time. When it doesn't, when I go back to the settings it shows no mic detected, and even when I reselect it the test phrase no longer works.


Hey, the "no microphone detected" is a bug which will get fixed in the next update. The voice recognition not working is a Windows 10 issue, I have posted what I know in the "voice recognition" pinned post, please make sure you follow it exactly. I will update it if more information is found.
Rubeus Swagrid Sep 22, 2020 @ 8:42am 
Originally posted by Kinetic Games:
Originally posted by SUPERIOR MAN OF WONGUS WORDS:

Any steps for this on Win 7?


Voice recognition doesn't work on Windows 7, the minimum requirements for this game is Windows 10 however I am going to look into a way of being able to use the Spirit Box without voice recognition however I can't give a date on when this will be out.

Just throwing an idea here but what if there was a button that had a very basic preset of questions(think like the Z button in Counter Strike), that you could enable in the options or something, even as a temporary solution.
Personally I'm on Win10 but I know a lot of people still on 7.
Kinetic Games  [developer] Sep 22, 2020 @ 9:05am 
Originally posted by Rubeus Swagrid:
Originally posted by Kinetic Games:


Voice recognition doesn't work on Windows 7, the minimum requirements for this game is Windows 10 however I am going to look into a way of being able to use the Spirit Box without voice recognition however I can't give a date on when this will be out.

Just throwing an idea here but what if there was a button that had a very basic preset of questions(think like the Z button in Counter Strike), that you could enable in the options or something, even as a temporary solution.
Personally I'm on Win10 but I know a lot of people still on 7.


In the next update people who have not set up their voice recognition or are on a system that doesn't support it, then all they need to do is talk to the Spirit Box and it will respond after a time.
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ViciousDREAM Sep 22, 2020 @ 11:53am 
I have a similar problem, i scroll over to my mic, apply, go to check for other players but nobody can hear me and when i come back it says no microphone detected... When i do the test everything is okay...it deactivates itself...:steamfacepalm:
Dan-Bear-Pig Sep 22, 2020 @ 4:23pm 
Messed with every setting known to mankind and beyond. Stopping steam from running as admin did it for me.
Kinetic Games  [developer] Sep 22, 2020 @ 4:53pm 
Originally posted by ViciousDREAM:
I have a similar problem, i scroll over to my mic, apply, go to check for other players but nobody can hear me and when i come back it says no microphone detected... When i do the test everything is okay...it deactivates itself...:steamfacepalm:


This is a bug that is fixed in the beta build. There are a few bugs left and then I will push it to the default build.
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