Kinect will launch this coming November, but for those hoping to experience the use of voice controlled actions with the hardware on launch will be disappointed. Microsoft has confirmed that Voice Control and Kinect Video Chat will not be available.
Speaking at Gamescom, Marketing Manager for Xbox Live EMEA Robin Burrowes stated to MCV that â€śwe will be announcing when voice control will be turned on in due courseâ€ť. It was later confirmed that chat software Video Kinect will also not feature as part of the launch and as with Voice Control, it will be available at a later date.
Kinect will launch in the US on November 4th, 2010 and in the UK on November 10th, 2010.
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UPDATE: Microsoft has issued the following statement to MCV.
â€śVoice 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.â€ť
MCV is trying to clarify why conflicting information was given to us at Gamescom. Apologies for all the confusion.