Microsoft to offer some Xbox One voice commands in 10 launch markets

Earlier this week, it was reported that in Microsoft's fine print for the Xbox One console, its Kinect-based voice commands would only be supported in five of the console's markets at launch this November. Now Microsoft is saying that voice commands will be available in more parts of the world at launch, although not all of them will get the full feature set.

According to a statement sent to VentureBeat by a Microsoft spokesperson, "At Xbox One launch, we will offer voice control in 10 of our 13 launch markets, with eight total languages: English (U.S.), English (U.K.), French, Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Italian, German, and Portuguese." Microsoft has yet to state which of the 10 Xbox One launch markets will have voice command features. Currently, the console will be released this November in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand.

Even though voice commands will be supported in more countries, Microsoft did say today that the "Xbox On" command that turns on the console will only be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany. The company did not provide a reason why the "Xbox On" command will only be used in those five countries at first but did say that more markets will add that feature "in the near future."

Source: VentureBeat | Image via Microsoft

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So the gaming world is in uproar that MS are forcing unwanted tech upon us, many say they don't want it. Now they find out it doesn't work in their country but still complain.

MS cannot catch a break!

So why are they delaying launch in Norway? They said they had enough units, but it was a partnership and LOCALIZATION issue. Considering that voice isn't even fully supported in the 13 launch countries, they should release it in Norway and the rest of Europe too.

They can do goddamn Portugese, but not Australia and New Zealand?

If I don't cancel my pre order until we have full features in Australia I sure as hell won't be plugging in my Kinect until they fix it. Given the 360 took 18 months from Kinect launch I won't hold my breath.

Sicarius123 said,
They can do goddamn Portugese, but not Australia and New Zealand?

IKR,

You would think if they can support English they can support some of the basic commands for AUS and NZ markets,

Guess our 'English' isn't able to be translated too well for Xbox

The computers don't know a language like a human does. It all depends on how consistent the series of sounds are. The US has the widest number of accents in the world, but I think marketing wise they know people that live in the US with heavy accents are accustomed to voice stuff not working for them and won't complain.

Seems like they were clarifying the earlier info. It was also mentioned earlier that they are going to release the complete details in text form, so we should know soon.

One could only wonder why they didn't do that altogether, in one go, but alas, some do not learn from the mistakes of others, let alone their own.

They didn't do it together because the info was put out via a forum post, not an official pr statement. So in effect, it was leaked before their pr guys had time to get the documents together. So if you want to blame someone, blame the guy that brought it up first. I guess that is what happens when you have people go on these forums and share info before an official announcement is made.

CygnusOrion said,
Don't worry by the end of the year all those markets will have full voice commands.

lol which year? The one month of 2013 that will be left after launch? Or are you talking 2014, a whole year of Kinect being some pointless crap for navigation.

CygnusOrion said,
Don't worry by the end of the year all those markets will have full voice commands.

I've seen similar statements for the xbox 369 voice control, yet it still does not work in most countries!