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Xbox One October update adds new Avatars, Alexa controls, Dolby Vision HDR

12 October, 2018, 21:11 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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This feature completes the Dolby duo, as Microsoft already added support for Dolby Atmos spatial sound to the Xbox One in late 2017. You'll also see Avatars on activity feed posts, friend blocks on the Home screen, gamerscore leaderboards, club headers, profile comparisons, etc. The new avatars include all body types, moods, items from games, and more.

Those who prefer to use their old Avatar and still do so, but if they switch over, they will find all the content from still available via the Xbox Original Avatars app.

It's quite depressing to think that all of these commands used to be natively processed by the Xbox One via Kinect, which Microsoft took out back when it turned out to be a massive flop, only to bring all these features back with longer and more convoluted command phrases via Alexa and Cortana.

The Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa is available today in the US. For example, you can say, "Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4", and the game will launch on your console. To set up Alexa, just say, "Alexa, open Xbox" and to set up Cortana, just say, "Hey Cortana, open Xbox", or search for "Xbox" in the assistant skill store. For now, Dolby Vision HDR support is tied to Netflix's library of compatible content, via the dedicated console app.


In the U.S., anyone purchasing an Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon.com will also include a new Amazon Echo Dot, while supplies last.

Another highlight of the October 2018 Update is support for Dolby Vision HDR video streaming.

Finally, five new languages have been added to Narrator on Xbox One: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch.

It is clear that Xbox continues to try and keep ahead of Sony, as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision are only available on two other devices, which are the Apple TV 4K and Google Chromecast Ultra. "We're also adding an Australian version of English language for Narrator, so Australian users will no longer have to select USA or U.K. English to use Narrator", the Xbox team explained today. Microsoft hasn't announced the features for that though, so there should be more news soon. Until then, enjoy the October Update and happy gaming!

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