October 2018 Xbox Update Brings Xbox Avatars and Cortana, Alexa Voice Skills

Helen Aguilar
October 15, 2018

To celebrate the announcement, Amazon is offering discounted bundles of the Xbox One and Echo Dot hardware so you can get started using the feature right away. Naturally, the revamped Xbox Avatars offer deeper levels of customisation and continues the trend of decking out your digital dude with game-specific clothing and items. You will see your own Avatar on your profile, as well as the profile pages of anyone who has chosen to represent themselves as an Avatars. They will appear in an animated form on the home screen, activity feed posts, profiles, and a bunch of other places. You can also use the photobooth feature in order to use your avatar as your Gamerpic. The skill will let you control your console with voice commands through a Cortana or Alexa-enabled device, such as Echo Dot.

The skill will be available in the U.S. today. For example, you can say, "Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4", and the game will launch on your console. If you have an Alexa-enabled device, you can use your voice to perform a myriad of tasks on your console.

Now that the Xbox One October 2018 update is rolling out, the Xbox team can presumably focus on the next system update for the Xbox One codenamed "19H1" (just like for Windows 10).

First of all, we get the brand new avatars that Microsoft has been testing for a while, with a renewed look and a lot of options. It should download automatically the next time you start up your system.

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Check out the YouTube video below for the full rundown on the October 2018 update.

If you buy an Xbox One S or Xbox One X National Basketball Association 2K19 bundle from Amazon you might get a little something extra: a third-generation Echo Dot. Dolby Vision will only work on Netflix for people with a premium subscription at launch but more Dolby Vision supported apps will be added in the coming months. However, other apps will soon support the same update. Finally the Narrator has added Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Dutch, and Australian English.

If you still don't have an Xbox One S, you can purchase one on Amazon. Five additional languages are available through the Narrator on Xbox One.

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