Kinect voice recognition landing Down Under

Microsoft Australia confirms Kinect voice recognition coming to Australia mid-December.

Earlier this year, Microsoft Australia announced its intention to bring Kinect voice recognition Down Under before the end of the year.

During a post-Electronic Entertainment Expo conference chat with GameSpot AU, Microsoft Australia product marketing manager Steve Blackburn confirmed that the update would be coming to Australian and New Zealand Xbox 360 consoles "before December 31, [2011]."

Aussie Kinect users will finally be able to use their voices to command the system.

The publisher has kept that promise, and today announced that Kinect voice recognition will be landing Down Under in mid-December.

Kinect's voice command is supported through a limited set of "grammars," which are sets of words or phrases that trigger an in-game response.

The motion-control system launched in North America on November 4, 2010, with voice-command features limited to American English, British English, Mexican Spanish, and Japanese. The Kinect launched in Australia on November 18, 2010 without voice recognition.

In September, Microsoft announced a price drop of A$50 on the Xbox 360 Kinect bundle, with a new recommended retail price (RRP) of A$399 for the 4GB Xbox 360 with the Kinect bundle and A$499 for the 250GB Xbox 360 with the Kinect bundle.

Microsoft also announced that it will be bringing its monthly music subscription service Zune Pass to Australia on November 16, 2011. The service gives users access to a database of songs and music videos that can be streamed or downloaded and played on a Windows Phone, PC, or the Xbox 360.

The Zune Music pass will be available in Australia for A$11.99 per month.

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Dark_Hoshino
Dark_Hoshino

Bout time. I was in the kinect beta and did all the voice command input stuff for them (used alot of bandwidth too). there ware heaps of us from Australia and New Zealand. hell here in nz we are still waiting on alot of promised features. indie games, some form of tv on demand, last fm. I also find it odd that we can make indie content such as games and songs for the rock band network, sell them, but we cannot buy them. is that totally F*d up or what? give us something worth our subscription.

alaindc
alaindc

Still no french voice recognition (France or Canada.

zzamaro
zzamaro

didn't know it didn't have voice recognition there well, it's good to see it getting it now and not years later

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

@ robertwarnes91 ...because there is so few of us.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

As an Australia this pisses me off. Why do game companies constantly give us the third degree? Because not only is the average Australian richer than the average American, but our HD adoption rate has been higher and our dollar is worth more than the American dollar. That's right, the Australia dollar is more powerful then the greenback. So I ask, why are screwed over like this?

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

Can you say..."Throw another shrimp on the barbie?!" Or how about....."this is stupid!!" :D

fobbs25
fobbs25

Great. So Microsoft finally decides to provide us with something the rest of the world got over a year before. At least we didnt have to wait multiple years like we did with the video marketplace. Microsofts support for Australia is pathetic, and Sony is just as bad. Can anybody tell me what we get with our overpriced xbox live, that the ps3 doesnt give for free apart from a few early release dlc's.