Xbox Insiders now able to control Xbox One via Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices

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The new functionality allows users to control their Xbox One, launch games, adjust volume, capture screenshots, control Mixer broadcasts, and more.

If you’re an Xbox Insider in the U.S., you’ll soon be seeing more ways to interact with and control your Xbox One using Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices.

The new functionality is slowly rolling out to all Xbox Insider rings and allows users to control their Xbox One, launch games, adjust volume, capture screenshots, control Mixer broadcasts, and more. So if you’re an Xbox Insider and have a Windows 10 PC, Harman Kardon Invoke, Sonos One, Amazon Echo, or other Cortana or Alexa-enabled speaker, you’ll be able to do more with just your voice. If you don’t, you can also download and use the Cortana or Alexa apps on your iOS or Android device.

It’s super simple to get started with either Cortana or Alexa as well, as per the instructions provided by Microsoft:

If you use Cortana:

  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.
  3. Try your first command! “Hey Cortana, tell Xbox to open Netflix.”

If you use Alexa:

  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.
  5. Try your first command! “Alexa, start Rocket League.”

Once you’re set up, you can find out more commands you can use by simply saying “Ask Xbox what can I say?”

As previously mentioned, the functionality is rolling out slowly to the various Xbox Insider rings. 

What do you think about the new Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices which allows for more voice commands for your Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Xbox Wire
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