XBox One Voice Commands only available in 5 countries at launch

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  1. hodg100

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    Language barrier

    Considering all the hullabaloo Microsoft's insistence on bundling the Kinect with the Xbox One has caused, you would have expected one of its key functions would be ready to go for launch. But seemingly, voice commands will only work in 5 countries when that day comes.

    The launch of the XBox one had already been put back in to 2014 for a number of countries, with Microsoft citing issues with work to localise the Xbox One dash, incorporating additional voice and languages and building content partnerships as part of the reasons but they're not even ready for all those that remain.

    The small print right at the bottom of Microsoft's ‘Get the Facts' page on the Xbox website reads: “Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in the US, UK, Canada, France and Germany.

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    All of which means there will be no voice commands ready for residents of Australia, Austria, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand. Given that the primary language spoken in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia is English, you have to wonder why they, at least, won't get in on the chat.

    One could also argue that the only reason France will get the feature, at launch, is down to the fact that to include Canada from day one requires the XB1 to parlez Francais, which basically means they've only really put enough effort in to the German language, as far as the European territories are concerned.

    The news will no doubt fuel the accusations of Microsoft's inward looking, US-centric approach to the Xbox One launch and further bring in to question why they're insist on bundling Kinect, at all.
     

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  2. Nostromo71

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    What a complete and utter shambles. This entire mess has done irreparable damage to Microsofts reputation.
     
  3. vaktmestern

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    so no voice go vs ms reason not to bring the x1 out to all world wide
     

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