One of the big selling points for the Xbox One is how the Kinect sensor is integrated with the console to provide features such as voice commands to make it easier to find or launch games and apps. Unfortunately, a discovery on Thursday reveals that only five primarily English speaking countries will support voice commands when the console launches in November.
"Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR, and DE."
While disappointing, this is almost a mirror result from the Kinect launch for the Xbox 360. Not all languages were supported initially either as Microsoft rolled out support for additional countries later.
This news comes after Microsoft's announcement to scale back the launch of the Xbox One from 21 countries to 13 which includes Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. The remaining eight - Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland - will receive the console in 2014.
Microsoft cited localization issues as the primary reason behind the scaled back launch and not problems with the production of the Xbox One.
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