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Delusibeta
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(08-29-2013, 03:14 PM)
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So, Microsoft has put up another page on Xbox.com promoting the Xbone as they do.

What's interesting is the small print right at the bottom, specifically point six:

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.

Excuse me while I state the obvious, but I'm fairly sure that's not all of the 13 countries that the Xbone is launching in.

I think that's formal confirmation that Kinect localisation issues is not the reason why Microsoft delayed the console in eight countries a couple of weeks ago.

[Credit to limaCAT over on Something Awful for the find]

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Mod Edit:

Clarification:

Originally Posted by Albert Penello



(thanks Garrett 2U)


First, people should understand – I don’t always know every detail happening with the program. Even though I run Product Planning (I'm not in PR!), that means we set the stage early for the features and HW, but a lot happens going through the development process. I stay very close as we approach launch, but I don’t always know the specifics when things change, so sometimes (frequently) I have to ask someone on the team. I also don’t run PR or Marketing, so I don’t see every piece of material that makes it to the public. In this case, there was an inconsistency between some small print on Xbox.com, and what I understood was happening – so I went to get more details.

Turns out the answer to this question is… complicated. It’s been an education for me as I’ve been looking into it.

There is no way that I could do justice to it in a post, so the marketing team is working on a chart that gives clarity on what locales, languages, and voice features are available in each country. Trying to write it down would be confusing. Stay tuned for a more detailed explanation, but just to give clarity:

In November
- We will launch in 13 geos
- 10 of those geos will support some voice features
- We support 8 languages

The 8 Languages at Launch are:
1) English – US
2) English – GB (WW)
3) French
4) Spanish – MX
5) Spanish – ES
6) Italian
7) German
8) Portuguese

NOW – the nuance to this is that some voice *features* won’t be available in all countries right away. “Xbox On”, for instance, is only available in 5 (hence the confusion on Xbox.com in the small print).

BigDug13 – the FAQ is correct, for launch. When you choose a language for your console, you will be offered the list of countries it is supported in. Using your example, if you choose Italy as your language, you only get Italian. We will continue to add more supported combinations over time. For example in Canada we will support English and French. The opportunity to “mix-and-match” languages and countries is something we’re looking to do post-launch.

Again, sorry for all the confusion on this. Look for a more detailed explanation coming. Will most likely come through Xbox Wire, or Xbox.com.

[Delusi's note: 10 is still less than 13. Bonus mockery shall be delivered if the missing three geos turns out to be Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. This whole mess does raise the question: what happened to the voice recognition library used in the first Kinect?]
Last edited by Delusibeta; 08-30-2013 at 12:05 AM.
RavenholmDX
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(08-29-2013, 03:14 PM)
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What about Ireland?
darkwing
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(08-29-2013, 03:15 PM)
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Originally Posted by RavenholmDX

What about Ireland?

T3
Nervous Sausage
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(08-29-2013, 03:15 PM)
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What about Australia since we, you know... speak english?
Coxy
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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lolwhat, no ireland or australia?
Beautifully Shaped Monsters
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by RavenholmDX

What about Ireland?

yaaaha yeeeee aaaaaaa goooo craig.....
Fuzzy
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by RavenholmDX

What about Ireland?

Accent too thick. Sorry.
Ushae
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
So English, French and German.

What's the issue with the other regions, we'll something a little more official than this OP.

MS may be struggling with the ozzies; " XBAWKS TEERNNN OWNNNNN YE BAAARSTAD! "
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RavenholmDX
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Beautifully Shaped Monsters

yaaaha yeeeee aaaaaaa goooo craig.....

Who's Craig?
Addnan
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by RavenholmDX

What about Ireland?

Originally Posted by Nervous Sausage

What about Australia since we, you know... speak english?

Wrong English.
TheJollyCorner
(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by RavenholmDX

What about Ireland?

Gaelic DL patch releasing on 3/17/2014
ToyBroker
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nervous Sausage

What about Australia since we, you know... speak english?

They gotta program all those accents in. I think that was the excuse they gave, wasn't it?

Which means they must have Boston accents in...and NY accents....and CA accents....and even the non-accents here in Mass.
ElectricBlanketFire
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nervous Sausage

What about Australia since we, you know... speak english?

Can you tell me which way the water flows in your toilet?
Skeff
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Wut? Further destruction of 13 launch countries for localization bullshit.
Not75Drops
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by RavenholmDX

What about Ireland?

Lol it makes no sense really. I don't Ireland can buy Indie games either for some reason.
hellmonkey
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Oh Snap?


That is really odd seeing as there are a handful of other countries that speak English just fine.
gofreak
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(08-29-2013, 03:16 PM)
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Well there goes the localisation explanation for the delays.
gruenel
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(08-29-2013, 03:17 PM)
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Doesn't that directly contradict their previous statement where they said they delayed the console in many EU countries because the speech recognition isn't ready?
Mael
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(08-29-2013, 03:17 PM)
Since the reveal the xbone is the gift that just can't stop giving....
jwk94
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(08-29-2013, 03:17 PM)
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The most awarded exclusives: 100 awards for exclusive games at E3 vs. 42 for PS4

well damn
planetsmasherx1
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(08-29-2013, 03:17 PM)
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Not only are Tier 2 countries getting hamfisted we're getting real "first world problems" ha.
SteelAttack
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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Cabrones.
uuaschbaer
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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That would be three languages. Foolproof.
Danny 117
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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Don't know what would stop an Australian from using voice commands since they.. you know... speak English.
Nibel
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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The 180 destroyed all their scheduling it seems

I would love to know if they could have supported more countries with consoles and voice recognition if they'd sticked to the original plan
Serenity
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
Albert needs to walk over to the translation team and ask about this ;-)
Parmenide
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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Tier 0 Countries.
Mihael Mello Keehl
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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Not like you guys care for kinect, so no loss.
Delusibeta
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ushae

So English, French and German.

What's the issue with the other regions, we'll something a little more official than this OP.

No Italian despite launching in Italy, nor any Spanish, despite launching in Spain. Or Portuguese, despite launching in Brazil. Plus the whole "omitting Australia and Ireland despite both speaking English" thing again.
DMPrince
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)

Originally Posted by jwk94

well damn

they'll update again with gamescom awards.
AyaisMUsikWhore
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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This is a valid excuse.
Zatoichi's Cane
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(08-29-2013, 03:18 PM)
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"Xbox on?"
sono
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(08-29-2013, 03:19 PM)
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its good that UK is there, but in the UK does it understand we say pavement not sidewalk

;-)
Ardenyal
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(08-29-2013, 03:19 PM)
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This is just MS scaling down on the overdelivery of value.
Box of Bunnies
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(08-29-2013, 03:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nervous Sausage

What about Australia since we, you know... speak english?

It took them a year to get voice control here for OG Kinect, this shouldn't be a surprise.
Sylver
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(08-29-2013, 03:19 PM)
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I hope we don't get the american spanish whenever it's done.
Aostia
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(08-29-2013, 03:19 PM)
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what if I, in Italy, speak English? does it recognize me?
Bundy
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(08-29-2013, 03:19 PM)
Sounds like a well planned launch.
Canis lupus
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(08-29-2013, 03:20 PM)
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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.

God tier countries.
Coxy
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(08-29-2013, 03:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mihael Mello Keehl

Not like you guys care for kinect, so no loss.

good thing we can buy one without it!
RavenholmDX
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(08-29-2013, 03:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Fuzzy

Accent too thick. Sorry.

The whole argument around it being accent is silly.

Have you heard people from the north of England, or Wales, or Scotland?
iMax
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(08-29-2013, 03:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Fuzzy

Accent too thick. Sorry.

Microsoft clearly isn't aware of Newcastle, then.
Skeff
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(08-29-2013, 03:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by sono

its good that UK is there, but in the UK does it understand we say pavement not sidewalk

;-)

don't worry, we'll be getting English-US voice recognition and it won't work with regional accents such as Yorkshire, Geordie and Scottish.
ToyBroker
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(08-29-2013, 03:20 PM)
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Wait, did anyone see this?

Originally Posted by Microsoft

Upload Studio available in supported games.

Da fuq?
snoopeasystreet
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(08-29-2013, 03:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by RavenholmDX

Who's Craig?

I'm Craig.
Addnan
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(08-29-2013, 03:20 PM)
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How would it work north of London.
Team Vernia
(08-29-2013, 03:21 PM)
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Waiting on Albert reply now. Don't like this contradiction at all.
Majine
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(08-29-2013, 03:21 PM)
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Why can't game companies actually make sure it's software is done when they push it out the door? I hate that, same with the 3DS with no e-shop, same with Wii U with no TVii etc.
Delusibeta
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(08-29-2013, 03:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Aostia

what if I, in Italy, speak English? does it recognize me?

I would imagine if you set your store to Italy, Kinect voice commands will simply not work. Of course, you can get round that by setting the store to the UK or something, but it'll be a bit of a pain in the arse if you want to buy something from there, because of Pound Sterling.
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(08-29-2013, 03:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by jwk94

well damn

already rackin' up dem awards!

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