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

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

Remember, Windows 10 runs on thousands of different configurations, while Xbox One consists of just three. To set up Alexa, just say, "Alexa, open Xbox" and to set up Cortana, just say, "Hey Cortana, open Xbox", or search for "Xbox" in the assistant skill store.

And then there is the much-awaited Xbox Avatars.

Avatars will appear across Xbox One through the user's profile, their gamerpic, as well as the profile pages of anyone who has chosen to represent themselves as an Avatars. You can download the new Xbox Avatar Editor from the link below, let us know in the comments if you managed to create something that better reflects your gamer identity. Everyone is unique and you're given more options than ever before to personalize your Avatar as you see fit. Keep in mind the new Xbox Skill is only available for users in the United States, so if you are outside of the USA, you are only getting the new Xbox Avatars, Dolby Vision streaming, and new langauges for Narrator.

Commands include power on/off, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more. Microsoft hasn't announced the features for that though, so there should be more news soon.

Dolby Vision HDR video streaming has been implemented as well, supported on Netflix with a premium subscription. Incidentally, if you buy one of the select Xbox One S and Xbox One X bundles on the American branch of Amazon starting tomorrow, you'll also receive an Amazon Echo Dot with it. Microsoft is adding Dolby Vision support to the Xbox One, so you will be able to stream Dolby Vision HDR content with your Xbox One, as long as your TV actually supports the latest Dolby Vision tech. Dolby Vision support delivers enhanced HDR and dynamic scene-by-scene precision, with highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Microsoft will be bringing Dolby Vision support to more apps in the future.

Xbox is committed to being more accessible and inclusive. Five additional languages are available through the Narrator on Xbox One. 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. Insiders on the Preview Alpha ring will next begin testing the next feature update, codenamed 19H1. The feature update is version 1810, while its Windows 10 counterpart was version 1809.

Watch a full overview of the update below.

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