UPDATE: Microsoft Contests: Kinect Truly Dumb at Launch

No voice control at launch contested

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"Xbox! Change the f**cking channel!"
"Xbox! Change the f**cking channel!"
--- UPDATE --- Microsoft has informed us that it will have an official word on the story that follows regarding the inclusion or otherwise of voice control at launch for Kinect. Stay tuned. --- END UPDATE

In a shocker of a piece of news, it appears that Kinect will not come with voice chat or voice control at launch.

MCV reports Robin Burrowes , the marketing manager for Xbox Live EMEA stating that, “we will be announcing when voice control will be turned on in due course”.

Not only that but the voice chat feature touted at the E3 unveil alongside voice control won't be ready for November 14th.

In case you'd forgotten about that "If you can see it, just say it" thing from E3... watch it again below, it looks "launchy" to us.

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Comments

Did 24 Aug 2010 14:10
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Sigghhh I am sure we will all live whilst MS sort out the final details.
Sam 25 Aug 2010 03:45
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This news is false. Microsoft put out a statement saying that Kinect will have voice control and video chat at launch.

UPDATE: Microsoft has issued the following statement to MCV.

“Voice control is an exciting part of the Kinect for Xbox 360 controller-free experience and we can confirm that it will be available at launch in November 2010. Only on Xbox 360 will you be able to navigate the Kinect Hub using your voice to control your movies, TV Shows and music. We do not have additional details to share about local voice availability at this time.”



Video of the voice control: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfsGy0gRR4M

Here is video of the voice chat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDWsqNifp5Y

Both will be available at launch according to Microsoft.

Tim Smith 25 Aug 2010 08:39
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Sam wrote:
This news is false. Microsoft put out a statement saying that Kinect will have voice control and video chat at launch.

[b]UPDATE: Microsoft has issued the following statement to MCV.


Actually, Microsoft also issued the same statement to us: http://spong.com/article/22291/Microsoft-Confirms-Voice-Control-At-Kinect-Launch

Which we ran... on the front page.

Regards

Tim Smith
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