By Steve Wright
Brace yourselves, gamers. Microsoft Australia has just returned our request for comment on our on-again, off-again Kinect voice commands, and we've got some peculiar news.
On 30 August, we -- along with a number of other outlets -- reported that Australia wasn't going to have Xbox One Kinect voice commands at launch. Our reasoning? Australia was completely left off of an Xbox Wire post that confirmed Kinect details.
We reached out to Xbox Australia for comment, and on 3 September were told pretty much the same thing that a Microsoft representative reiterated with us today. The only thing is, the outcome of each coversation seems to be drastically different.
Like at the start of the month, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the following with Stevivor.com:
“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.
"There are many complexities associated with delivering a great voice experience around the world, and we’re working hard to add more voice features and more countries; we’ll share more details in the future.”
In this translation of the above statement, Stevivor.com was told that Australia was considered part of the "English UK" market, and therefore, was always earmarked to receive Kinect voice commands. The only thing we won't get straight off the bat is the ability to turn on our Xbox Ones by saying "Xbox on."
This is very different to what we were told on 3 September, where Australia appeared to be one of the three markets that weren't to receive the functionality. It looks like Xbox One miscommunication strikes again.
Now that we've sorted THAT out, we're turning our focus to New Zealand and what that means for Kiwi Xbox Ones. We'll keep you posted.