Xbox One voice commands not available in all regions at launch

[UPDATE] Voice control will be available in 10 of 13 launch regions, though "Xbox On" voice command supported in only five regions at launch.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft issued a statement on the matter. Voice control will be available in 10 of the Xbox One's 13 launch markets, though the specific "Xbox On" voice command will be available in only five regions.

"Our vision is to bring conversational voice control and voice search to every country where we sell Xbox," a Microsoft representative said. "At Xbox One launch, we will offer voice control in 10 of our 13 launch markets, with eight total languages: English US, English UK, French, Spanish MX, Spanish ES, Italian, German, and Portuguese. There will be some voice experience variations in different markets at launch; the 'Xbox On' voice command will only be available in five markets (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany) and will come to others in the near future."

"There are many complexities associated with delivering a great voice experience around the world, and we're working hard to add more voice features and more countries; we'll share more details in the future."

The original story is below.

Xbox One voice commands will not be available in all markets when the console launches in November. Of the 13 regions where the Xbox One will be available in November, only five will support voice commands, according to an updated product page for the new system.

These regions are the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany.

Australia, Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and New Zealand will be left out.

It is not clear when voice commands will be available in those regions. A Microsoft representative had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment at press time.

The Xbox One was originally expected to launch in 21 territories in November, though Microsoft announced earlier this month that the console would be delayed in eight regions. Those in affected countries who preordered a Day One edition of the console will receive a free pack-in game.

The Xbox One will launch this November for $499/€499/£429/A$599.

Discussion

3372 comments
ke-
ke-

This is one of the reasons why I'm cautious about the new Xbox. Like the 360, here in Denmark we lack a lot of features the US have because of lame law issues...

ferretshob
ferretshob

This is bullshit. Voice commands are already on the X360 Kinect and works well. So if this new Kinect is meant to be 10 x better then why aren't the voice commands included in all regions where the 360 Kinect works? What a fricken joke.

SlayerX13
SlayerX13

It's due to countries laws about "soft off".


Sina Madani
Sina Madani

This is embarrassing. So the one thing M$ has been going on about doesn't even work, yet it's compulsory and explains the price difference between Xbone and PS4? The PS4 camera has voice recognition and 1080p camera and is OPTIONAL!

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

Voice control will be available in 10 of 13 regions at launch.  But the 'Xbox ON voice command only in 5'

*scratches head......  rrright.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

What is the difference between English US and English UK in terms of speech, apart from accent? 

There are plenty of people who pronounce words differently. I tend to say words as they are spelt, unless I know otherwise. Doesn't mean some people in UK don't pronounce router as {ROWTER} as opposed to {ROOTER}.

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

And so MS's efforts to ensure X1 fails outside of the US continues.

Noonewarrior
Noonewarrior

What's funny is in NZ our schools teach English from a English US dictionary, yet they weren't going to release it in NZ? They do realise Maori isn't a first language in nz do they?

Michael Escajeda
Michael Escajeda

my friends xbox died today AND his usb controller charging kit. WHY DOES MSFT MAKE SUCH GARBAGE?

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Oh dear i'll have to turn on my Xbox the same way i do now, it's a disaster....NOT. You people really need to give the hating a rest now at this point. Why not try the thing out instead and if you don't like it fair enough.

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

Considering the fact that I spent 100 dollars on my Kinect and have used it less than a dozen times, I highly doubt I will ever use the Kinect 2 coming with Xbox One. Depending how big an effect it will have on the Xbox One without using it, I will more than likely sell it.

Christos Chatzisavvas
Christos Chatzisavvas

The Xbox One focuses on features like Kinect identification and voice commands, and doesn't feature them at launch, save for 5 countries. That's a huge failure, takes no fanboy to see.

CincoToes
CincoToes

Hahahahaha, wow. Look how stupid they think the people they're talking to are. So, "Xbox on" is a command so difficult that only 5 of 13 regions can have it, but it can do a bunch of other commands? LOmuthafuckinL.

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

See why im a PlayStation guy?

Tj Campbell
Tj Campbell

I love how the PS fanboys attack me and calling me a fanboy when I think PS4 looks cool. Freaks.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Wow.....just...wow....first M$ says that kinect is absolutely not required for Xbox One to function yet it will still ship with every bundle which makes that extra $100 price tag a bigger slap in the face and now....this.

Dennis Joseph Silva
Dennis Joseph Silva

Just another nail in the coffin. They actually want me to pay for this? This system is designed with their bank accounts in mind. The point is that these console should be about gaming. I dont care if Xbox has better hardware and features. They are making me pay an arm and a leg just for having the damn thing in my home. Im getting the PS4 because I want to play video games. Not count my pennies.

Neal Makh
Neal Makh

Osman Zackaria thanks brother

llMurcielagoll
llMurcielagoll

WTF?! How can a voice command be region locked?!! This is plain stupid!

-_-

Husain Nusair
Husain Nusair

WTF?! how would a voice command be effing region locked?!! -.- that is the dumbest thing Ive ever heard

Deni Persson
Deni Persson

And you base that on absolutely nothing.

Osman Zackaria
Osman Zackaria

Neal Makh just thought i would inform you tht you cant get tht voice feature in all countries

Neal Makh
Neal Makh

Osman Zackaria your point being?

Shammara Blanchard
Shammara Blanchard

That is alright. The "Xbox Fail" command still works great and available everywhere!

Marko Horvat
Marko Horvat

they are already loosing and now when they said ''xbox one is 100 $ worth more than ps4'' that statement just dig they're grave

Josh Balsness
Josh Balsness

They're just copying ps4 by not having voice commands! They never have an original idea!! (sarcasm) I seen it coming from the xbox fanboys so I figured I better post it for them ;)

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

@Michael Escajeda Garbage comes from garbage.

IndySandbagTrik
IndySandbagTrik

@Caleb Houston As mentioned above... English US is the standard digital learning language in NZ now.... so why leave us out? And Australia while we're at it (we love our Aussie brothers also). :D

Ayebang
Ayebang

It is the best camera in gaming industry, better than The Eye from ps4.

It is good for developers to develop game for xb1 gaming development.

It is more secure to be install in the first place.

It is used for many functions in living room which ps 4 cannot deliver.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@Dennis Joseph Silva I agree with you completely except for the hardware part...actually PS4 has better hardware specs than the XBONE.

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

@llMurcielagoll its like "NO" means and sounds different in different English speaking countries.lol

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

@Richard Timson 

Sexy!

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

@Ayebang 

It is pointless to have but Microsoft makes you buy it with the console.