Alexa, Dolby Vision, and more

Xbox One Update Brings Amazon Alexa Integration, Next-Gen Avatars, Dolby Vision

After multiple delays and months of wait, the new Xbox Avatars are finally coming to all Xbox One users.

Microsoft just announced that the system software update for the Xbox One has started rolling out today for all users.

The hotly-anticipated new Xbox Avatars are coming to the system with a wide range of different body types, clothing, and accessibility options that will allow players to customize their Avatars to their liking.

This includes the implementation of "Xbox Skill" for Amazon Alexa and Cortana in the U.S., enabling ayone with a voice recognition doodad to navigate and interact with their Xbox using an Alexa or Cortana-enabled device. Once enabled, you will be able to use your voice to turn on/off your console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, take screenshots, and much more.

Dolby Vision HDR video streaming has been implemented as well, supported on Netflix with a premium subscription.

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Microsoft originally revealed its revised Avatars during E3 last year, but the updated Avatars were delayed until this year. If you prefer your Xbox Original Avatar, the Xbox Avatar Editor lets you to compare and choose which version of the avatar you want.

The October update also includes Dolby Vision HDR video streaming support across Xbox One S and Xbox One X. In addition to all the items that are available at launch, we also have a new Avatar Store where you can obtain even more new Avatar items, including licensed designs from Halo, Gears of War, and more. Microsoft will be bringing Dolby Vision support to more apps in the future.

Yep, the new Avatars make their debut with this update, enabling you to create a more distinct look for your virtual person that ties in with your Xbox account. Incidentally, if you buy one of the select Xbox One S and Xbox One X bundles on the American branch of Amazon starting tomorrow, you'll also receive an Amazon Echo Dot with it. Diving into the console's advanced video settings, a single checkbox enables the feature. While it's not exactly a new language, the firm also added Australian English.

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.

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