Kinect Voice Recognition to be Disabled in Mainland Europe Until Spring 2011

A couple days ago, we heard rumors that the Kinect will only be able to recognize three languages: English, Japanese, and Mexican Spanish. Unfortunately, Microsoft have now confirmed this rumor, stating that the Kinect’s voice recognition feature will be unavailable to players in mainland Europe.

More details after the jump.

Although there are many people in Europe who can speak one of the above languages fluently, they will not be able to use the voice recognition due to the Xbox’s region-lock status. This means that even citizens of Canada won’t be able to use this feature. Microsoft explained their decision to allow Mexican Spanish and not native Spanish was that it would be more profitable for Microsoft to market to the 106 Million Spanish speakers in the US and 13 Million in Mexico than to the 45 Million in Spain. For those of you in Europe, you’ll just have to wait. Way to be there for your fans, Microsoft…

(Source: Eurogamer)

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