Prepare to get trash talked in never-before-heard clarity thanks to the forthcoming Xbox One console’s improved chat capabilities.
Xbox ambassador Major Nelson has been spilling the beans on what expect from the new machine’s chat output, posting a series of recordings from the system up on the Xbox Wire official news page.
If the recordings posted haven’t been doctored, there’s a notable improvement over the often-scratchy sounding Xbox 360 chat system. Major Nelson puts that down to the inclusion of the new Skype audio codec, as well as “dedicated audio processing” on the Xbox One.
Elsewhere, it’s been spotted that the much-vaunted Kinect voice control system will not be available at launch in a number of countries. Tucked away on the Xbox.com FAQ page is a note that says:
“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.”
Seeing as it’s a central aspect of the system, and that the Kinect sensor is mandatorily bundled in with the machine, those in international territories not listed above may feel rightfully peeved that such a headline feature will initially be missing.