Things are far from cheery for the console in Sweden.
If you live in Sweden and picked up an Xbox One, which recently launched across the nation and will make its way to 29 others over the month of September, then you might want to hold off. According to Dark Zero, not only are games like Super Time Force, Powerstar Golf, and Killer Instinct: Ultra Edition unavailable to download but there isn’t support for voice commands via Kinect either.
Microsoft confirmed the latter issue to GameSpot and stated that, “Fans in 18 of our new launch markets are able to turn on voice controls using existing voice models for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese, depending on their market. In Sweden specifically, fans can enjoy a fully localized experience on the dash, but do not have access to voice controls at launch.
“Enabling voice is a significant endeavor as there are many complexities associated with delivering a great voice experience in various languages around the world. We’re working hard to add more features but have no additional details to share at this time.”
You’d think that if Microsoft were going to delay the launch of its console across various territories by almost a full year it could afford to get things right. Regardless, we’ll see how this pans out in the coming weeks.