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There has been speculation that the significant drop in Xbox One launch territories is the result of supply chain issues. Microsoft head of product development Albert Panello is trying to put that to rest, offering an explanation for the console appearing in only 13 of the original 21 territories anticipated for launch this year.
In a conversation with OXM, Panello states that the localization is the culprit. Given the Xbox One's emphasis on voice control via the Kinect, additional care is required to ensure that it's ready for different languages and dialects.
The Xbox One is a region-free console, though. This means the consoles can be imported and used freely with any of the languages supported at launch this November (a specific date has not yet been revealed).
Our TakeIn my house, the Kinect is used for only one thing: telling Netflix to pause and start. The new Kinect that is tied into the Xbox One architecture is, in part, designed to further enhance the experience of using your voice to control the console.
Without proper localization, this selling feature falls flat. In other words, Microsoft can't put hardware in countries where the Kinect doesn't work. Panello's statement about the drop in launch territories from 21 to 13 might very well be true, but it's hard to deny that the side effect of reinforced supply in those remaining countries hasn't made a big difference for Microsoft.
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whatever i get mine this year so im cool.
I understand this situation. Although upsetting, it needs to be done if the Kinect is going to be an integral part of the system.
Hmmmm... Okay, Microsoft.
All I'm going to say about this is that if they wanted (and should have) released in 21 territories, then Microsoft should have had their ass in gear a long time ago. Look, they can't be that dumb. I'm 100% certain the included Kinect was not just thought up yesterday and they had it planned for a very long time. Thus, if they would have just done their homework and used some common sense (that might be the problem lol) this would have never been an issue because it would have already been done. But hey, what ever. It is what it is. Let the Gamers tell their tale with their wallets. Game On!
I just want Microsoft to know that I can't wait to get ny hands on that controller.
So because one minor feature wont work with the native language, they decide to not sell it in that country? They should just sell it with the warning that the Kinect wont understand commands unless they are in certain languages.
That sucks for Xbox One fans, but it's understandable...