Published on November 26th, 2013 | by Patrick Doyle5
Ireland Not Officially Getting Xbox One Voice Commands For Up To A Year (UPDATED)
Irish Xbox One owners may face the prospect of waiting for up to a year for officially-supported Kinect voice commands, according to a report on Independent.ie.
At the moment, the only real way to get voice commands on an Xbox One in Ireland is to “lie” and set up the Xbox One as a UK machine.
Unfortunately, the main drawback with this is that you can’t make purchases on the Xbox One (unless you have a UK account also), meaning you have to switch the console back to “Ireland” via the settings app to buy games or content online.
Without voice commands, the Xbox One can be fiddly to get around as almost every function is hidden in an app somewhere. Even setting up Party Chat with your buddies is much harder without using Kinect.
It’s rather sad that Irish gamers are once again being treated as second rate to other regions and the it’s also strange because we’ve tested the UK voice commands and they work great. Very rarely has the Xbox One not reacted to a command I’ve given it vocally and I’ve a fairly hard to understand accent sometimes.
@XboxSupport replied: “We recommend you keep your account tied to the same region you’re located in”.
When pressed as to whether it’s actually against the ToUs, they responded: “We don’t recommend it, the ToU can be found over here- http://xbx.lv/LVEToU “
Technically you're not supposed to do it, but in fairness if they haven't region locked content according to ip addresses then it's their fault really, we know people who have it on their xbox one now and they haven't been banned yet, unless they release a warning or official contact email telling users to change back, banning people would be suicidal for them business wise. You do it at your own risk but we gonna do it till we are told not to ;)
@gimmedigital Thanks for the input, I appreciate it. I guess I'll switch back and if they ban me, I can always just play my PS4 (assuming everything goes to plan Friday).
@gimmedigital That update sounds dodgy. I might wait a week or two to see some user feedback.