One of the touted features of the Xbox One is the voice commands, but it will only be available for five areas come this year when the console will be released.
So far, only the U.S., the UK, Canada, France, and Germany will have access to the voice commands, leaving out Australia and the rest of the 15 more of its target areas of distribution.
GameTrailers reports that there are some fans at NeoGaf who have found the fine print stating the new delay. Following the thread in NeoGaf, the report also states that Albert Penello, senior director of product planning at Microsoft, has already responded to the issue with certain clarifications.
The first is that the voice commands will be made available in eight languages, specifically English (both for the U.S. and the U.K.), French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Portuguese.
What will not be available other than for the five countries at launch, it seems, will be some of the features of the voice command. One example given is the "Xbox On."
The Xbox One voice commands is made possible by the Kinect, wherein its microphone remains active at all times, even in sleep mode, so that any verbal commands from a user can easily be received and operated on.
The voice commands of the console also allows for the use of Skype, a new social feature added for the next-gen console to make it a centerpiece of every living room.
This isn't the first delay that Microsoft has announced with regard to the Xbox One, as it had also previously stated that the release date for eight areas will be delayed due to localisation issues. There have been speculations that these same localisation issues may be the reason behind the unavailability of the voice commands at launch for other areas.
Official PS4 bundles already leaked
Those who have not yet placed their orders for a PS4 will be happy to know that Sony may be planning to roll out new bundles that would offer the console along with other titles at a great price.
VideoGamer reports that a Amazon France has listed a bundle that features the PS4 console, a copy of the Killzone: Shadow Fall game, and the PlayStation Camera, all of which are sold at €499.99.
"We're tremendously happy with our overall value proposition, whether that be the entry price point of the machine [or] the detailed bundles and combinations that we will put on shelf at retail which we haven't fleshed out in detail as yet," said Fergal Gara, chief at Sony Computer Entertainment U.K., to VideoGamer.
Kitguru.net also mentions another bundle had been reportedly outed, this time bundling the Watch Dogs game with the PS4 500 GB back version with one DualShock 4 controller. This bundle costs €440 and is listed as having free shipping.
These may just be the first two bundles that would be released for the PS4. Back then, there have been rumours that a PS4 bundled with the PS Vita or the PS4 console with the PlayStation Eye Camera would be released as an option for those who would want to take advantage of the Remote Play or the Playroom features of the next-gen console.
PS4 has more games in line
Sony is slowly trying to keep up with the Xbox One exclusive offers, particularly for its bigger games. Destiny from Activision is planning exclusive content for the PS4, and Gamezone reports that this will be a timed-exclusive content for the PS4 console.
"We've carefully selected titles where we feel it's appropriate to partner with a third party. We are partnering with Activision on Destiny," said Jim Ryan, CEO of SCEE, in an interview quoted by Gamezone.
"There's gonna be stuff that is exclusive to the PlayStation SKU for a window of time and there's gonna be a lot of PlayStation-branded marketing collateral and there's gonna be PlayStation hardware bundles."
This time-exclusive type of offer may be Sony's way of catching up with what Microsoft has been doing for the Xbox 360, so you can see that Sony is really going for a more aggressive gaming approach this time around.
Fantasy-action game Bound by Flame will be heading to the current-gen consoles, the PC, and the PS4 before the year ends.
According to Joystiq, the game will put you in the shoes of a mercenary with a demon's powers via possession. And it will be up to you to use your demonic powers in order to beat up the enemies and transform into something evil.
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