Alexa, Dolby Vision, new Avatars

Alexa, Dolby Vision, new Avatars

Alexa, Dolby Vision, new Avatars

The October update also adds Cortana and Alexa support to the Xbox One through the new Xbox Skill.

So, just what exactly can your new Alexa-compatible Xbox One do? My favorite addition is the inclusion of all-new Xbox Avatars.

The new avatars will appear on profiles, activity feed posts and more. There's also an Avatar Store (unsurprisingly) where you can spend real money to buy different outfits for your Avatar, including licensed designs for the likes of Halo and Gears of War. And current Xbox owners who already have an Echo device can also take advantage of the new voice features, no purchase required.

Moreover, Dolby HDR video streaming support has also been included in the update; it's supported through Netflix premium subscriptions. You can enable it through the Settings menu. A new Xbox Skill is available for both Cortana and Alexa which will let you control aspects of your console with your voice.

You find the Xbox Skill in the Alexa Skill Store. To set up Alexa, say, "Alexa, open Xbox".

The new Xbox Avatars are the biggest feature in this update. It should download automatically the next time you start up your system.


Microsoft is today rolling out the October 2018 Update for Xbox One.

Commands include power on/off, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more.

Microsoft stated that tons of customization options will be available at launch with plenty more to come.

We're also getting Dolby Vision HDR Video Streaming too, across Xbox One S and X, as well as five new languages for the Xbox One Narrator - Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish, and Dutch, not to mention Australian English.

Accordingly, Xbox One, thanks to the recent October Xbox update, becomes the third streaming device to support Dolby Vision, besides Apple TV 4K and Google Chromecast Ultra. Said features were issued to Insiders a couple months back.

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