Dance Central 2 voice commands

Overview

One of the new features of Dance Central 2 is the ability to control parts of the game with your voice. For example, during gameplay you can say ‘Xbox Pause’ to pause the game.

Voice commands

Supported languages and countries

Dance Central 2 voice commands are available for the following languages and countries:

LanguageCountries
EnglishAustralia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States
FrenchCanada, France
GermanGermany
ItalianItaly
JapaneseJapan
SpanishMexico, Spain

How do I use voice commands?

You can use voice commands anytime you see a microphone icon and voice control tips. Say ‘Xbox Dance’ to activate the Voice Commander (voice recognition) from the following three areas:

  • Main menu
  • Song select menu
  • The post-dance results screen

Now you can use the following voice commands:

Say thisTo do this
‘Song song titleSelect a song*
‘Random Song’Have the game select a random song
‘Mode game mode nameSelect a game mode
‘Difficulty difficulty level nameSelect a level of difficulty
‘Xbox Dance’Start dancing (using the selected song, mode, and difficulty)
‘Xbox Back’Exit Voice Commander and return to the game menu

*Song titles are in English only so Voice Commander may not accurately respond to song requests from non-native English speakers.

Note When Voice Commander is active, Dance Central 2 defaults to Perform It mode and Easy difficulty.

Pause gameplay

During gameplay say ‘Xbox Pause’ to pause the game, and ‘Xbox Dance’ when you’re ready to dance again.

Voice commands in Break It Down mode

While practicing in Break It Down mode, you can say ‘Xbox’ to bring up a menu with the following commands:

Say thisTo do this
‘Slow Down’Slow down a move
‘Speed Up’Speed up a move
‘Skip’Skip the next move
‘Previous’Redo the previous move
‘Record Video’Record your dance moves, so you can compare your moves with the on-screen trainer
‘Stop Video’Stop recording your dance moves

Note You don't have to wait for the voice commands menu to appear before you say a command.

Turn voice control on or off

  1. From the Main Menu, go to Options.
  2. Go to Gameplay Settings.
  3. Go to Voice Control.
  4. Choose which voice option you want to turn on or off.

Default settings

French, Italian, German, and Spanish: The Voice Commander is Off by default and the Pause and Break It Down voice controls are On by default.

To turn on the Voice Commander:

  1. From the Main Menu, go to Options.
  2. Go to Gameplay Settings.
  3. Go to Voice Control.
  4. Select Voice Commander.

Note A pop-up appears warning that the experience might not be optimal, because song titles are in English only. Voice Commander may not accurately respond to song requests from non-native English speakers.

English and Japanese: All voice control categories are On by default.

Voice commands not working?

If Dance Central 2 is not responding to your voice commands, try using voice commands from the Xbox Dashboard or another Kinect game. If voice commands are not working in several games or the Xbox Dashboard, do the following:

Solution 1: Check the Dance Central 2 language list

Make sure voice recognition is supported for your language and country (see the table at the top of this page). If you’re using French, Italian, German, or Spanish, see the Default Settings section on this page.

Solution 2: Update your console software

Try updating your console software. Several new languages and countries were added in the latest console software.

Solution 3: Use the Kinect audio tuner

Try using the Kinect audio tuner

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