It was rumored a couple of months ago that it may soon be possible for Xbox One users to rely on Alexa and Cortana voice commands to control their console. This has been officially confirmed by the company today. Xbox will now be capable of connecting with these digital assistants to enable voice control.
This feature is getting a limited rollout initially. It’s limited to select Xbox Insiders in the United States who will be able to use the Xbox Skill to navigate and interact with the Xbox ONe through voice commands relayed via Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices.
The Xbox Skill will allow users to power on their console with voice commands, adjust volume, launch apps and games, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and a lot more. It will thus be one of the fastest ways to launch games and the easiest to interact with the console for everyday tasks.
A simple command such as “Alexa, start Rocket League,” will not only turn on the console, it will sign in the player, and launch their game. The Xbox Skill integrates with Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices such as Windows 10 PCs, Amazon Echo, and a variety of smart devices that come with either assistant baked in. The skill is also going to work through the Alexa and Cortana apps on iOS and Android.
This Xbox Skill is being rolled out to Xbox Insider rings gradually. Those who get it will see the Digital Assistant setting on their console in Settings > Devices.