R.I.P Kinect and Cortana, Microsoft has replaced the Xbox One’s voices with Google Assistant support.
After the success of Amazon Alexa’s incorporation into the Xbox One’s UI, Microsoft has decided to go one step further. Now, Xbox gamers will be able to use their Google Assistant on their home console.
“We are excited to announce we’re further expanding our digital assistant capabilities on Xbox One with the Xbox Action for the Google Assistant,” Announced Xbox’s Major Nelson.
“The new Xbox Action for the Google Assistant releases to public beta on Xbox One today and is available to all customers in English during the beta period. Google and Xbox are working together to expand language support before launching more broadly to the Xbox community later this fall.”
To sign up for the Google Assistant on Xbox beta, you’ll have to sign up to Microsoft’s Google Group with the Google account you plan on using. Then, once you’ve installed the Google Home app on your Android or iOS device, you can add your Xbox console.
There isn’t a wealth of commands available yet, but here is a list of what’s available.
- “Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, turn on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, turn off Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, pause on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, resume on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.”