Post by Eorl @ 11:19am 30/08/13 | 1 Comments
While we continue to wait on the official release date for Microsoft's upcoming next-gen console, a recent FAQ page on Xbox.com has caused some confusion as to which markets the new Kinect 2.0 voice command abilities will be available on launch.
According to the small print at the bottom of the page, only five countries will support voice commands, those being United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Germany. This would leave out the eight other countries listed for launch in 2013, including Australia and New Zealand.
Luckily, this doesn't seem to be the full picture according to a recent post on NeoGAF by Microsoft's Director of Product Planning Albert Penello, who revealed that 10 of the launch markets "will support some voice features." Penello continued the explanation by stating that of the command features, some are restricted to the five countries outlined on the official FAQ which includes the "Xbox On" command, hence the confusion.
Penello also outlined that eight languages will be supported on launch, further pushing the fact that the recent change from 21 launch countries to 13 was due to Kinect localisation issues.
Microsoft are reportedly working on a more detailed explanation to lessen the confusion says Penello, with a "chart that gives clarity on what locales, languages, and voice features are available in each country." Stay tuned for more.