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October 2018 Xbox Update Brings Xbox Avatars and Cortana, Alexa Voice Skills

13 October 2018, 05:41 | Cameron Gross

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Microsoft has begun rolling out a key update for the Xbox One, and it's going to be good news for those that own one of its consoles - especially if you were looking to update your Avatar.

And then there is the much-awaited Xbox Avatars.

Owners can use their voice to navigate and interact with Xbox through Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices.

It's quite depressing to think that all of these commands used to be natively processed by the Xbox One via Kinect, which Microsoft took out back when it turned out to be a massive flop, only to bring all these features back with longer and more convoluted command phrases via Alexa and Cortana. Netflix is the first streaming service that will provide this stuff, but other services (such as Amazon Prime) will follow soon.

This update rolled out on Thursday, and Xbox Avatars are finally returning in an upgraded form, Cortana and Alexa are getting some new skills, and Dolby Vision support will be added to Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

With Amazon Echo integration users are now able to turn on their console by voice, change volume, launch games and apps, start and stop Mixer broadcasts and capture screenshots and more.

After securing the right hardware, enabling Dolby Vision is relatively simple on the Xbox One. Their value comes primarily from the new games that arrive annually and the updates that extend the device's functionality way beyond the original release.

Dolby Vision enables select TVs to "deliver enhanced HDR with dynamic scene-by-scene precision and accuracy", versus standard HDR. An Australian version of English language for Narrator is also being added. There's an Australian version of English coming for Narrator as well, eliminating the need for Australian gamers to select U.S. or UK English to utilize the app.

The Xbox One October 2018 update is available immediately for all Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X consoles. If you'd like to help create the future of Xbox and get access to early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC today.

Watch a full overview of the update below.

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