OpenAI delays Voice Mode release, users left frustrated

OpenAI needs more time to launch its "advanced Voice Mode.”

The new voice features of ChatGPT, which were supposed to be released this month, have been postponed until the fall.

"We had planned to start rolling this out in alpha to a small group of ChatGPT Plus users in late June, but need one more month to reach our bar to launch," explained OpenAI.

The reasoning behind this decision is that the company is still working on matters such as training its model to "detect and refuse certain content," improving user experience and interface to accommodate a number of users while focusing on a "high safety and reliability bar."

The new voice option was first revealed last month during OpenAI's launch event, "Spring Update," for GPT-4o. During the event, the company demonstrated the new model's abilities, emphasizing its ability to "mimic a human conversational response."

The launch of the new model was planned for this month, but in the recent update, the company revealed that "as part of our iterative deployment strategy, we'll start the alpha with a small group of users to gather feedback and expand based on what we learn. We are planning for all Plus users to have access in the fall. Exact timelines depend on meeting our high safety and reliability bar."

OpenAI’s post on X was soon filled with comments from disappointed users.

“Cool. Just don’t announce features 3-4 months before release,” shared one of the X users. Some people didn't seem surprised by the company’s move, saying: “LOL ‘few weeks’ turned into 4-6 months. Typical OpenAI.” Among those who felt let down, a number of users were thinking about canceling or had already suspended their OpenAI accounts.

While OpenAI is constantly improving its AI models, its efforts don't always produce positive results. A scandal involving actress Scarlett Johansson was uncovered with the news about ChatGPT's recent model. The actress claimed that the company took her voice to use it for one of its voice models.