Microsoft has commented further on the availability of voice commands for Xbox One, after news broke last week that only five out of the 13 countries to launch the console would support the functionality.
In an article posted on Gamespot, a spokesperson from Microsoft explained that 10 out of the 13 launch countries will support voice control, and that only five will support the ‘Xbox On’ command:
“Our vision is to bring conversational voice control and voice search to every country where we sell Xbox. At Xbox One launch, we will offer voice control in 10 of our 13 launch markets, with eight total languages: English US, English UK, French, Spanish MX, Spanish ES, Italian, German, and Portuguese. There will be some voice experience variations in different markets at launch; the ‘Xbox On’ voice command will only be available in five markets (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany) and will come to others in the near future.”
Microsoft have also mentioned that “There are many complexities associated with delivering a great voice experience around the world”, and that “we’re working hard to add more voice features and more countries”.
Xbox One is set to release in Australia this November.