Possible Reasons Explaining Why the Xbox One’s Voice Commands Only Work in Five Markets at Launch

It has been found in some fine print on Microsoft’s overview page that one of their core selling points for the Xbox One – voice control – will only be available in the following five markets on the day of launch: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany.

What does this mean? Well, the other launch day consoles sold in Australia, Austria, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain will ship without such functionality. But why?

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malokevi2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

All speculation at this point. It could be that MS is actually working on ironing out these language issues... but I don't know about that.

5 languages, 13 regions? Obviously some of the launch regions will get the short end of the stick. So... why not just launch in all 21 countries?

I'd say the truth lies in the middle. Some manufacturing issues, some language optimization... they are probably picking their spots. Which populations have the highest percentage of English/supported language speaking people? Which markets are most important as far as sales? I'm sure it all goes into the decision.

It would be easier on everyone if they simply said so.

maxkoe2270d ago

I don't think it has anything to do with manufacturing issues. However, I do think it may have something to do with the optimization of language recognition from different countries and regions.

I'm sure programming something to recognize the differences between two accents from the same language is difficult enough. Let alone, programming for completely different languages.

iamnsuperman2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

Yes it would be that (optimising the language recognition) and not anything else but the fact still remains this should be out at launch for all regions especially when these features (that need voice recognition) would have been set in stone for some time

xHeavYx2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

It sounds (no pun intended) like MS is rushing the One to be part of the Xmas battle.
It's so funny when you talk like you have no console preference, always playing devil's advocate

malokevi2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

I only mention manufacturing because of this:

"The report cites unnamed “market watchers” as saying camera module and optical disc drive yields aren’t hitting expectations. As a result, Microsoft’s Xbox One shipment forecasts for the remainder of 2013 have been slashed to 6.2 million, down from a predicted 7 million less than one month ago. Sony is currently predicted to ship 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles “at launch,” which likely refers to the entirety of holiday quarter 2013."

Which I read here:

I trust those guy's. They aren't fanboys, they are audiophiles and tech junkies.

not that the manufacturing delays are a huge issue... or even an issue at all, but we have to recognize that there is probably some truth to the rumors. To what degree, it's hard to say.

That's why I think the truth lies in the middle. Nobody is necessarily "wrong" or "right"... but I don't think we will ever know for sure.

It's all good for me, day 1 baby! :)


6.2 million units... rushing? lol... PUH-LEEZ! Everyone knows what you opinion is.

"opinion" being the key word here.


" fact still remains this should be out at launch for all regions "

That hardly seems factual.

AngelicIceDiamond2270d ago

It wouldn't be right if MS just released it in all of its targeted countries with broken voice control.

That wouldn't be right.

Then everyone will say "MS releasing broken Kinect that doesn't work everywhere omg Its doom for MS now."

I can see it now.

ma1asiah2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

I'm actually not surprised by this at all.

We speak English in NZ and Australia but we have little nuances within our individual accents that makes certain words sound almost completely different.

Then you have the speed at which we speak. In the South Island of NZ for example they speak slower, whereas the further north you go we start to speak a little faster.

This was an issue that took sometime before the X360 started to understand what we were saying.

Granted I would have thought this would have been kind of a non issue this time around but oh launch it just means using the controller no real biggie that would have me rushing to cancel my already paid off preorder.

Its disappointing no doubt about that, still like previously its not a permanent issue

OrangePowerz2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

They launched the first Kinect with only a few languages and the 360 was launched in countries where the language was not supported by OS and they had to use English so they could have done the same now and they clearly do it for Kinect 2.0 as it supports English, French and German. One would think Spanish would be important given how many people in the US and outside the US speak it.

They dont launch in scandinavian countries where many many people speak English because of localization, but in Italy or Spain where Kinect 2.0 isn't supported and less people speak fluent English?