Top
150°

Xbox One Kinect Voice Commands Are Region Locked

What an odd day for the Xbox One. Although the console itself is region-free, Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello confirmed on NeoGAF that the voice commands for the Xbox One will be region locked.

In response to a question about whether or not one could change the language to English for UI and voice commands for a console set in the German Xbox marketplace, Penello responded with, “Voice is locked to the region. So no, unfortunately.”

The story is too old to be commented.
donnieboy1486d ago

Not that it affect's me but WTF....

Naga1485d ago (Edited 1485d ago )

It's technically a duplicate story, but the information in this article is much, MUCH more helpful. The other one pretty much just had a link to the NeoGaf post itself and nothing more.

This one, on the other hand, explains what this actually means. For example:

"While it does not mean that you cannot buy an Xbox One outside of your region when it launches worldwide this November 22nd, it does mean that whatever region you buy from will take precedence of language and voice cadence to that region when it comes to voice commands.

When it comes to setting up UI text language, it still appears as though you can enter whatever launch country that supports the language you want. However, if you put up that you speak English the only available countries are the US, UK, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Ireland."

I personally found that to be really helpful, as it dispels a lot of the concern we might have as to the extent of whatever limitation this presents.

corvusmd1486d ago

How many times will this same article get posted?

Riderz13371486d ago

Lol what. Aren't voice commands the only real purpose for Kinect? So some regions will be paying 100$ extra for a piece of plastic. Yay Microsoft.

JackB991486d ago

No voice commands aren't the only reason for Kinect. It a motion controller as well. You have a ways to go before you're considered a viable source of Kinect information, but thanks for playing.

Bathyj1485d ago

I think he meant at launch. Are any launch games taking advantage of that motion control that justifies 100 bucks? Oh theres the menu navigation and snap stuff I suppose. Is that it?

parentoftheyear1486d ago

I don't fully understand this.

JackB991486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

In a nutshell, if you live in the USA, don't import an Xbox One from Japan. It will be setup to understand Japanese.

If you don't understand Japanese then you won't be able to say, "Xbox On" or whatever. Although you could probably teach yourself to say "Xbox On" in Japanese, but my guess is you wouldn't get much farther be able to say things like, "Xbox show me all the movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger" in Japanese, although you may be more talented than I imagine.

Bathyj1485d ago

So if youre an American living in Japan, dont buy a Japanese Xbone? You need to import for it to understand English? Is that right?

Naga1485d ago

"While it does not mean that you cannot buy an Xbox One outside of your region when it launches worldwide this November 22nd, it does mean that whatever region you buy from will take precedence of language and voice cadence to that region when it comes to voice commands. When it comes to setting up UI text language, it still appears as though you can enter whatever launch country that supports the language you want. However, if you put up that you speak English the only available countries are the US, UK, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Ireland."

Show all comments (12)