Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Xbox One October 2018 Dashboard Update Has Rolled Out With New Avatars

Xbox One October 2018 Dashboard Update Has Rolled Out With New Avatars

A new Xbox Skill is available for both Cortana and Alexa which will let you control aspects of your console with your voice.

Ever since the Xbox One launched in 2013, fans of the platform have been asking about avatars.

Microsoft has been teaming up with Amazon to make Cortana and Alexa work together across the two companies' devices. It's now only available in the U.S., but downloading either persona's Skill Store will get you started and let you use an Amazon Echo to turn on or launch a particular game.

The Xbox skill for Alexa and Cortana is one of several new features to come from the October update.

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Additionally, in the coming days, those in the USA who purchase a qualifying Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle through Amazon will also get a new Amazon Echo Dot while supplies last.

Other additions include the Xbox Skill voice navigation system for U.S. users, Dolby Vision HDR streaming support for Xbox One S and Xbox One X, and new language options for the Xbox Narrator.

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. Remember, Windows 10 runs on thousands of different configurations, while Xbox One consists of just three.

The new update should be available now through your console, although your device will eventually update automatically. To enable Dolby Vision on the console, navigate to Settings - Display and sound - Video output - Video modes - Allow Dolby Vision. "We're also adding an Australian version of English language for Narrator, so Australian users will no longer have to select USA or U.K. English to use Narrator", the Xbox team explained today. An Australian version of English language for Narrator is also being added. 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. Microsoft hasn't announced the features for that though, so there should be more news soon.

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