Xbox One Consoles on Amazon Now Come With a Free Echo Dot

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

Xbox One October System Software Update Rolling Out; Brings New Avatars and More

A new OS update is rolling out now for Xbox One users across the world and it's a big one thanks to the return of Xbox Avatars.

Detailed last month during the Inside Xbox live stream, the new Avatars for Xbox One offer more customization than the original Avatars.

Announced over two years ago, Microsoft's new avatars are now available to everyone.

Avatars will appear on a player's profile, as well as on the Home screen, Gamerscore leaderboards, club headers and more. Using the new editor, you can create an avatar to represent you from the ground up.

Another highlight of the October 2018 Update is support for Dolby Vision HDR video streaming. "Rotate and zoom controls help you capture the exact pose that you're looking for, and a wide variety of background colors enable you to set the scene".

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The deal is in conjunction with the availability of a new Xbox "skill" for the Alexa.

Additionally, the new Xbox Skill enabling Cortana and Alexa smart assistant compatibility is included in the new update, allowing users to toggle their consoles power, launch games, and take screenshots with voice commands. For example, you can say, "Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4", and the game will launch on your console.

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. You'll need to download the Xbox Skill in the respective stores to get started.To promote the new functionality, Amazon will be offering a bundle that includes an Amazon Echo Dot with new Xbox One S or Xbox One X purchases. This features all ranges of body types. Support on more apps will come in the following months. Today we are excited to launch our latest entertainment option, Dolby Vision™ HDR video streaming support across Xbox One S and Xbox One X!

Check out the YouTube video below for the full rundown on the October 2018 update. The Xbox Original Avatars app is available both on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Dolby Vision now only works with Netflix with more apps coming soon.

Microsoft is releasing the Xbox One October update today, and it features the long-awaited Avatar update along with other nifty additions. Insiders on the Preview Alpha ring will next begin testing the next feature update, codenamed 19H1.

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