Xbox Insiders get voice command support with Cortana and Alexa

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The Kinect may be dead, but Microsoft is bringing new ways for you to use voice commands on Xbox One. The company revealed today that Xbox Insiders will be the first group of people to test the console’s lastest Cortana and Alexa voice support.

As detailed in the announcement, this support is coming from the use of a new system called Xbox Skill.

“With the Xbox Skill, you can use voice commands to power your Xbox One console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more. It’s the fastest way to get into your games and one of the easiest ways to interact with your console for everyday tasks. For example, if you have the skill enabled on your Echo and you’re a part of the Insider preview, just say “Alexa, start Rocket League.” and this command will automatically turn on your console, sign you in, and launch your game.”

Xbox Insiders wishing to utilize this feature can do so by going through the following steps:


  1. Sign into the Xbox you want to control.
  2. On your Windows 10 PC, click here and sign in with your Microsoft account to link the skill.


  1. Sign into the Xbox you want to control.
  2. Click here, sign in with your Amazon Account, and click Enable.
  3. Sign in with your Microsoft account to link the skill.
  4. Let Alexa discover your console, then follow the instructions to pair your console with Alexa.

Via: Windows Central

More about the topics: alexa, Cortana, voice commands, Xbox Insiders

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