OpenAI is expanding the voice chat feature of ChatGPT, making it accessible to all free users on Android and iOS.
Originally introduced in September for Plus and Enterprise subscribers, the voice chat option now includes a broader user base.
The feature allows users to engage in back-and-forth conversations with ChatGPT through a text-to-speech model, generating human-like audio from text and a few seconds of sample speech.
This expansion follows OpenAI's initial caution about the risks associated with creating realistic synthetic voices, emphasizing its commitment to focusing on conversations.
With five distinct voices developed in collaboration with voice actors, users have diverse options to choose from for their interactions.
While the release is underway, some users may need to wait as the feature gradually reaches all accounts.
It remains unclear whether users need to opt in to access the voice chat feature. Initially, paid subscribers had to enable it through the Settings menu under New Features when the voice chat was first introduced.
Greg Brockman, co-founder of OpenAI, announced the wide release of this capability, following a period of organizational turmoil.
The reinstatement of Sam Altman as CEO and the return of Greg Brockman to his role marked a resolution after the upheaval caused by their initial departure.