Xbox One voice commands not available in all markets on release date

Thursday, 29th August 2013 20:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has announced Xbox One voice commands will only be available in five regions at launch. So those in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Germany will be able to use their voice to control the Xbox One dashboard and the like at launch, but those in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand will be out of luck. The list of regions was posted on the Xbox One overview here, and at the very bottom. This is likely due to Kinect voice control localization issues which caused a delay of the console in some regions. Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. Killerbee

    Is it really that hard for voice recognition to understand an Australian or Kiwi accent compared to Scouse, Geordie, Scots, Welsh, Brummie, etc, etc, etc? Ditto Austrian vs German?

    This makes no sense.

    We’ve already had so many 180s on policy (which must have some technical impact), regional delays and rumours of yield problems in China (that story alone is highly reminiscent of the history that gave us RROD).

    A cynical person would say this suggests this console just isn’t going to be ready to launch in November.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Templar_Dante

    How pathetic… CBOAT was right. The X1 needed 6 months of work before launch. He said the UI vid was fake at the unveiling and even though its improving, Sony may force MS to release X1 unfinished.
    Goodluck to the guys buying one at launch! With the yield issues etc, its safer to let others Beta test the machine for you first.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. monkeygourmet



    PS4 is going to be a perfect launch! :)

    Zero hardware issues or network problems, all it’s features available on launch and working as described! I can’t wait!

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Erthazus

    Great box for 500$. Voice commands and stuff. sounds Cool.

    you buy a box and it doesn’t work with your language in your country because of some localization problems. STFU Microsoft. You FAIL. Hard

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DuckNation

    Wasn’t this the reason why they already stopped production for it at launch for 13 other countries so now out of the remaining 8 only 5 of those will support this function at launch

    Microsoft Really makes it it easy for people to bash on them…. REAL EASY!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. FeaturePreacher

    Sure is nice that buttons and touchpads don’t need translations. I guess this is the price some want to pay for Kinect. I’ll just wait until MS does its final 180 and gets rid of kinect.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. MidlifeAxe

    I thought voice commands were one of the big selling points for the Xbox One?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Templar_Dante

    Its yield issues why there isnt a global launch.
    That darn ESRAM caused so many problems, its why the whole X1 is in disarray. Devs are getting pissed they still have Alpha kits and cant even optimise their game code yet. So consumers arent the only ones angry. Neither are the poor souls born in Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4 and Tier 5 countries
    AlL because all attention was on getting the yield up.
    Its a pity Ballmer fired the real fathers of Xbox and replaced them with TV lackeys.

    #8 1 year ago

    The Xbox One should just be delayed until next year until M$ get their shit together. You can’t release half arsed console’s and not expecting problems.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Fin


    Yeah I’m pretty sure it was given as the reason for the staggered launch.

    #10 1 year ago
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    #11 1 year ago
  12. laughing-gravy

    Their incompetence just gets worse.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. GuuR

    Can’t you just choose to use English as the main language you are using? Sure, some accents or imperfections in speech may make it difficult for Kinect to recognize but, for me, I wouldn’t use my native language for anything at all and certainly not if it is connected to my gaming habit.

    That’ll fix the availability issue i guess…

    #13 1 year ago
  14. _LarZen_

    I hope you at VG247 will on behalf of all the gamers around the world that is not getting the possibilities to buy a XBO at launch because of “localisations problems” can reach out to Microsoft and ask them what the deal is.

    I thought this was the main reason countries around the world could not buy a XBO this November. But when even launch countries do not have it enabled one start to wonder what game MS is playing with us.

    It’s not like people do not understand English, I mean…all the games we play are in English. We can perfectly operate a console that has English language…

    So I hope you will reach out for all of us VG247.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. sebastien rivas

    I am not surprised but I hope MS get their voice command for all languages and then some back in the game before launch.
    Who knows.. perhaps Klingon may even help selling the xbox1.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Arcnail

    Ya.. pretty bad fail here, seeing as you are forced to buy a Kinect, but it won’t be fully functional.

    I’m in Canada (eh) so not a worry for me, but really, those that can buy a Xbone, but can’t fully use it should get something for free.. $$ in their MS account or whatever.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Gigabomber

    Wow. I’m rooting for MS to hit the ground running, but how the hell can they justify making people buy a kinect and not have “earth-shattering” voice commands issued from their tongue-tips?

    Delay the console already. Almost all of the demos we’ve seen haven’t been on the console, they’ve been on PCs with similar hardware. You’re handing it over to Sony. I hate Sony at this point. Give me a break.

    Only hope is that Sony shows their usual style and does an even worse job, but MS is making it quite difficult for them to even up.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Riseer

    @17 Wow really?do you work at MS or something?MS has took a huge shit over their fanbase.Hate Sony all you want but they had a plan and executed it.While MS had to go into damage control mode.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Templar_Dante

    People that hate on Sony when theyve done nothing but good stuff for our hobby = a non-objective fanboy.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Lv01

    so… why cant the xbox one be released in all territories at launch? the reason the original list of countries was shortened to 13 (pissing a lot of people off in doing so) was due to voice control localisation, right? so if there are the same issues for 8 of the 13 launch countries, why not release in all of the others?

    and if the reason the list was shortened to 13 was due to other localisation problems, surely if theyre able to fix the voice commands for those 8 launch countries affected later on (through patches i imagine), they can fix any of the other localisation problems the same way for all the other countries.

    this is how you handle a release badly.

    #20 1 year ago

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