Breaking : Kinect’s Voice Recognition Won’t Work in SA at Launch

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Microsoft confirmed today that Kinect will only work with 3 languages when it launches in November; English, Japanese and Mexican Spanish, meaning the peripheral will turn a deaf ear should you happen to speak any other language.

It’ll be a good few months until support for other languages to be supported. If you’re thinking, “Hey, I speak English..this isn’t going to affect me at all,” prepare to be disappointed.

Kinect will apparently ‘lock out’ regions that have not yet been granted official language support until Autumn next year – even if they list one of the three supported languages among their official languages. With 11 official languages in South Africa, it may be a while before support comes along.

Of course this couldn’t be true though..We speak English, right? Well, no. We contacted Microsoft SA’s Yvette Van Rooyen asking whether we’d have voice support at launch.

This was her reply :

No – it won’t be available at launch, there is no communication at the moment saying when it will be rolled out in SA.  However you will be able to name your animal in Kinectimals via voice recognition.

There you go, then. You’ll be able to call your tiger skittles, but you won’t be able to turn your console on  and control it using only the power of your manly voice.

Last Updated: September 1, 2010

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