Xbox One Update Brings Amazon Alexa Integration, Next-Gen Avatars, Dolby Vision

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That said, you'll need to do not forget to enable the skill in your Amazon app before you start, and then link your Microsoft and Amazon accounts together so Alexa can locate and control your console.

The update brings new Xbox Live Avatars that have been in testing for a year.

This includes the implementation of "Xbox Skill" for Amazon Alexa and Cortana in the U.S., enabling ayone with a voice recognition doodad to navigate and interact with their Xbox using an Alexa or Cortana-enabled device.

The Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa is available today in the US. That means that you'll be able to talk to Alexa-enabled devices, such as an Echo, and control your Xbox One with it. It just goes to show how much Microsoft really cares about Cortana.

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Avatars will appear across your Xbox One. After multiple delays and months of wait, the new Xbox Avatars are finally coming to all Xbox One users.

Xbox updated its avatars with more customization options, including body types and clothes. Xbox Avatars never quite caught on like the Nintendo's Mii avatars did, but they were popular enough on Xbox 360 to prompt the team to enhance them for the next generation console. 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. You don't have to adopt a new Xbox Avatar if you don't want to, as you can keep your old Avatar if you so wish, but there are new items in the Avatar Store, including licensed props from the likes of Halo and Gears of War.

Another highlight of the October 2018 Update is support for Dolby Vision HDR video streaming.

Another key feature is Dolby Vision streaming, which is Dolby's HDR format.

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Lastly, Avatars and Dolby Vision support, five additional languages are being added to Xbox One's Narrator feature: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch will be available when the new October update hits. We're also adding an Australian version of English language for Narrator, so Australian users will no longer have to select United States or United Kingdom English to use Narrator.

The Xbox One October 2018 update is available immediately for all Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X consoles.

Watch a full overview of the update below.

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