21 December 2018
Microsoft has announced Cortana and Alexa devices support for Xbox One Insiders in the United States. It means all smart devices which are powered by either Cortana or Alexa can now be used for controlling Xbox One consoles. These include both Xbox One S and Xbox One X offerings.
With this, Xbox One users will be able to make use of voice commands to get certain things done. These commands will work for tasks like turning on the console, launching a game title or an app, adjusting volume, and capturing screenshots. One can also use them for starting or stopping Mixer Broadcasts as well as navigating through the menus and options.
To make use of this functionality, one would need to have a Cortana or Xbox powered device. It could be any device like Sonos speakers, Harman Kardon Invoke, and Amazon Echo. The voice commands would work like any other commands that a user uses with Alexa and Cortana. For example: If you need to launch a game, you can simply say, "Alexa, launch Destiny 2". This command will make Alexa turn on the console, sign into the profile, and then play the game.
This is not the first time Microsoft is adding voice control support for Xbox One devices. It used to provide similar functionalities via Kinect and headsets. As we all know, it has been a good amount of time since Microsoft pulled the plug on Kinect which means the newest Cortana and Alexa support is definitely a welcome addition.
As for how you can get the same on your Xbox One, the first step is to ensure that you are from the United States. The next step is to become an Xbox One Insider. All the details regarding the same are available on the source link given below.