Siri-like Xbox One voice search program will be voiced by Cortana actor - Report

Microsoft insider says Jen Taylor will voice Siri-like "Cortana" program, set to launch in beta form this April before coming to US Xbox One and Windows users in 2015.

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Microsoft's rumored Siri-like voice search program, believed to be called Cortana, will be voiced by none other than Cortana voice actor Jen Taylor. That's according to prominent Microsoft insider MSFTNerd who blogged today about Microsoft's plans for voice search.

Cortana is, of course, the name of the artificial intelligence character from the Halo series who appears in holographic form throughout the franchise.

He says Cortana will launch through a beta offered on Lumia devices this April for developers in the United States, before coming to the Bing app for iPhone in the US this fall.

After that, the "underlying technology" behind Cortana will be available for US Xbox One consoles and Windows PCs in 2015 alongside the rumored Threshold operating system.

Availability for additional English-speaking markets will be added later in 2015 and throughout 2016, he said. GameSpot sister site ZDNet reported in September 2013 that Cortana has been in the works at Microsoft for years now and will be a revolutionary product when released.

"Cortana will be more than just an app that lets users interact with their phones more naturally using voice commands. Cortana is core to the makeover of the entire 'shell'--the core services and experience--of the future versions of Windows Phone, Windows, and the Xbox One operating systems, from what I've heard from my contacts," the site said at the time.

The Cortana technology will reportedly allow users to ask questions and see results in real-time. In an Xbox context, players could ask, "What are my friends playing?" and their friends list would appear.

Discussion

211 comments
PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Boooo! We need Cabal from Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun! 

This is what we should be hearing from the Xbox One:

"A culling is at hand, human, A culling."

"Listen to the sounds of your own extinction."

Allister Baca
Allister Baca

How was the Xbox One controller ruined? It has a better design put into for more kinds of hands from different people. They also kept the nice sleek look to it, and it feels much better than the 360? Explain to me "Brandon Johnson" how is it ruined? You are obviously the fanboy

Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson

"Happened so many times" the consoles only been out for a couple months... anyways, most people love this controller. It's much better than the Xbox One controller which was ruined after an amazing 360 controller. Stop being fanboys.

Mustaqim Hassan
Mustaqim Hassan

If this exists, I think it'll be Steambox-only exclusive. You know.

tony56723
tony56723

Damn you Facebook comments!!

archav3n
archav3n

Hmm. this is pathetic to bring a game character to boost their not popular search engine? I don't really know what to make of Microsoft now.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Sooooo ummm I guess this "confirms" that



***HALO 4 SPOILER ALERT BELOW***



Cortana didn't get erased/deleted/purged at the end of Halo 4's campaign??? Lol

Halloll
Halloll

Oh god the fantasies!

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Really? Will this dumb AI bitch finally tell you when the controller is dying???

MS you have more shit to worry about than voice control... get a grip...

AceJakk
AceJakk

I'll hold out for GLaDOS.

Deepakrio Kumar R
Deepakrio Kumar R

just because you have her on ur side does'nt make u Masterchief!!dont brag

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Pretty soon they will be calling Windows Xbox Windows Edition the way they seem to be trying to merge WP, Xbox, and Windows into a single, unified ecosystem.  I really don't like it.  I don't want to be made to feel like I need to go out and buy an Xbone or WP to complete the ecosystem.  Yeah, I know.  Just don't buy it if you don't want it, but having worked in retail for a long time I can see where they try to nudge the customers this way and try to in effect condition them to buy this or buy that and get them used to the idea so they will eventually just do it without giving a second thought.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

I hope instead of saying "Bing" they let you say Cortana. I already love talking to my X1, I'd love to have the same control over my PC and in some cases phone at least in the case where navigation of menus and screens is time consuming.

Codey W. Scarrett
Codey W. Scarrett

Even though I own a PS4, that'd actually be really cool for the X1!

Mary Pesik
Mary Pesik

Isn't she in Super Princess Peach?

Andrew Bland
Andrew Bland

I honestly hate the PS4 controller. The touchpad should be removed, especially when you barely touch it when trying to press "start" and then it riggers something in the game. Happened so many times to me

bluefox755
bluefox755

Lol, I don't even know what to say about this. They are really doubling down on this voice command stuff...

Alyzen
Alyzen

GLaDOS or nothing!

justinka777
justinka777

does this qualify as some strange type of fan service?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Does this mean their Cortana will eventually begin to show glitches and start behaving irrationally too?

Reza Armstrong
Reza Armstrong

Add an AI with her voice to the Xbox One that is interactive via the kinect and that would be awesome.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

Everyone saying that MS and Sony copy stuff remember we have been copying each other since the beginning of our existence so how about you little fanboys screaming Ripoff. GET OVER IT.

Miguel Chacon
Miguel Chacon

Geezzz her voice is going to be hurting after reading thousands of different pieces of dialogue.

Dresden05
Dresden05

@archav3n the character isn't coming to the search the Voice actor Jen Taylor who did the voice for Cortana in halo is doing the new voice for the updated Siri, try to read past the article title it make you look less like an idiot

megakick
megakick

@archav3n MEH at least is is a MS character SONY just uses other company's characters without permission.

BJCentral
BJCentral

@TheExxorcist its okay to hate. What you got yellow,green,blue, red lines of bankruptcy. So why does microsoft have to worry bitch!!!!

grenadehh
grenadehh

@PodXCOM  Other than everyone who likes Halo? No one gives a shit about C and C. C and C has been a dead franchise since before EA bought and ruined Westwood. If I never hear Cabal, Kane, Jenny McCarthy, or Yuri again I won't be upset.

noladem504
noladem504

@Katie  ^^and this broad is a dumbass^^

Evamorgana
Evamorgana

Apple didn't invent interactive AI's. Anyway, if things weren't 'ripped off' they wouldn't improve much.