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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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Love the "Our Take". I think the same way Mike!
I thought they explained this already?
Good to remind people, though.
How about doing all this work months ago or determining your release date according to the current development status? Microsoft looks like rushing things a little bit and I hope that will not cause any hardware problems to fellow gamers.
And, leaving European market to PS4 is a terrible mistake that Microsoft will clearly learn in the following months of release.
But shouldn't this be done while developing the console? Or is the console being rushed to have it out the same time as the PS4?
is it true that if u play to long on the kinect it will turn the system off
I have a solution to those ploblems! Drop the Kinect as no one cares about it, and it caused so many crappy games.
Wow. Shouldn't they have thought about that when they were developing it!
Seems a little late in the game to be working on something that is such a driving point of the console.
So no doubt I'll be getting an XBone eventually (it does have some amazing looking exclusives), but I think I'll be waiting until they come out and say "Okay, guys. It's done. These are our policies and this is our hardware- minus the Kinect. We're not changing it again. For reals this time."