Xbox One voice commands and controller tips with Major Nelson

December 5, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The face of Xbox, Major Nelson, has produced a hints and tips video that outlines a lot of the voice command and special controller features of the Xbox One.

In the clip, which we’ve embedded below, he runs you though shortcuts with the controller, how to make the best use of voice commands (including the magic words, importantly!). Probably the most useful new command that we learned is “Xbox Select”. Say this and every single voice command will be highlighted on the screen as an option.

What Xbox One command do you find yourself using the most?

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Xbox One voice commands at launch clarified – somewhat

August 29, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Albert Penello, director of Product Planning at Microsoft, has taken to NeoGAF in an attempt to try and clarify some inconsistencies regarding the extent to which voice features on the Xbox One are supported when the console launches in November.

The thread stems from someone spotting some fine print on the official Xbox site as follows:

Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR, and DE.

As the OP noted quite rightly, given the Xbox One is launching in 13 countries initially, what’s the deal? That’s where Penello comes in and tries to clarify what’s happening:

  1. Xbox One will launch in 13 countries in November
  2. Ten of those countries will support some voice features
  3. Eight languages will be supported on launch as follows: English – US, English – GB (WW), French, Spanish – MX, Spanish – ES, Italian, German and Portuguese

The kicker (and reason for the initial confusion) is that upon the console launching not all of the voice features will be immediately available in all of the countries. Penello notes that the “Xbox On” command, for example, will only be available in five. For such a heavily promoted/basic feature that seems pretty weird… Anyway, there you have it. Expect more clarification from Microsoft.

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