Bad news if you are in Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, or Sweden and were planning to pop over a border and buy an Xbox One, as the voice commands are region locked to the country of purchase.
A forum user on NeoGAF asked “One simple question: Do you know if it is possible to choose English language for UI and voice commands even if the Xbox One configured to use German marketplace?” to which Microsoft’s product manager for Xbox, Albert Penello, replied, “Voice is locked to the region. So no, unfortunately.”
The Kinect voice commands will only be available in ten of the thirteen countries in which the Xbox One is being released tonight, and of those only five countries will be able to shout “Xbox On” to turn on the system.
The Xbox One has also been delayed in Belgium and Switzerland, but as citizens of those countries speak French or German they should be able to use the voice commands.