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Voice commands for Xbox One to work in 5 regions at launch

Xbox One's vaunted voice commands will only function in five regions at launch. The bad news for the eight other launch countries was quietly revealed at the bottom of Microsoft's Get the Facts page for its next-gen console (via VideoGamer).

Those five supported regions are the U.S., U.K. Canada, France, and Germany. Australia, Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and New Zealand will still launch in November, but they can shout "Xbox On" in their respective languages until their faces turn blue, for all Kinect cares.

Microsoft didn't address how long users may have to wait for Kinect support. The company already delayed Xbox One's launch in eight regions into 2014 in part to add more voice and language support for those regions.

12 comments

  • Trg564 - September 1, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    Wait, why can't Kiwis, Irish and Aussies use it? They're all speaking English. Some of the countries make sense, since they won't have Spanish or Portuguese working, but it's a little weird that it won't listen if you're from the wrong country.
  • CrKnight - August 30, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    Why does Microsoft keep stumbling all over this launch? I'm in the US so it technically doesn't affect me, but I'm losing a lot of confidence in Xbox One over these press releases.
  • Eightboll812 - August 30, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    It's really not surprising. MS lead the entire commercial software industry into a "release now and patch it later" approach long, long ago.
  • Shinn - August 29, 2013 11:42 p.m.

    So I can't even speak in an American accent to get these to work? It took a ridiculously long amount of time to get the original kinects commands to work in New Zealand.
  • BladedFalcon - August 29, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Huh, this kinds of news do nothing but confirm that Microsoft is rushing as hell to try and get the Xbone out as soon as possible, and they clearly weren't prepared to launch it this soon... Which means that, if the Xbone doesn't come out before November, all this hurrying up will feel kinda silly, and might just bite them in the ass later.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - August 29, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    I might catch flak for this, but if they can get the voice commands to work for the UK, why not Australlia, Ireland, or New Zealand? Surely the some of those countries dialects are similar enough to those who are getting day one voice support, right?
  • DeeEss - August 29, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Well, in Australia you need it to respond to the phrase "g'day mate", in Ireland "top o'the mornin' to ye" and in New Z... What's a dumb stereotype about New Zealand?
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - August 29, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    I just imagine a horrendously stereotypical Irishman showing "Top o' the mornin' to ye, Kinect" before playing a round of motion-controlled river dancing.
  • StrayGator - August 29, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    Māori.
  • Eightboll812 - August 29, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    "What's a dumb stereotype about New Zealand?" Baa-aaaa... (Xbone turns on)
  • StrayGator - August 29, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    Exactly what I thought when reading this. "Accent training" speech recognition systems is immensely faster and cheaper than implementing additional languages. Same thing goes for austria/germany. if i'm not mistaken, the bavarian dialect is much closer to austrian german than to some other, northernererer german dialects. Besides, if the reasons were purely technical, then spanish would cover a bigger demographic (mexico, spain, US and most of SA) than either german or french, which also leads me to believe that this has to do more with politics and regulations than "We're not done yet".

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