Xbox One Voice Commands Limited to Five Countries at Launch

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 02:00 -- RLWaterman

Remember Microsoft’s official announcement of the Xbox One? One of the main selling points of the new console advertised at the event was the ability to quickly and easily control your device with simple voice commands. Unfortunately though, some small print at the very bottom of the Microsoft Xbox One website has explained that “Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR and DR.” The Xbox One has already been restricted to a smaller number of countries than anticipated at launch, and now only five of those 13 countries will be able to utilize the voice control, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany.

Having the Xbox One work with different languages can’t be an easy task, but this report does seem to suggest yet again that Microsoft isn’t quite ready with its new console. The last time an Xbox was rushed to launch we were left with the red ring of death, so let’s hope that it’s only translation issues that will affect users at the start of their next generation console gaming.

Thanks to popular demand you will now have the ability to turn the Kinect off, but the Xbox One will not be sold without it; something that may be an extra annoyance to those in countries that can’t even enjoy the voice control system. It will still be possible to navigate around the console with a controller however, so all is not lost. The console will still work in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand, just without official language support at launch.

Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 08/30/2013

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