Xbox October Update Rolling Out Now

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

If you still don't have an Xbox One S, you can purchase one on Amazon. They're no Miitomo and there's not much avatar-avatar interaction possible, but expressing a little personality to represent you without plastering your face all over Xbox Live never hurt anyone. 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 has added an Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa, which allows gamers to interact with their Xbox through Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices.

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The skill requires an Alexa- or Cortana-enabled device such as a Windows 10 PC, Amazon Echo, Harman Kardon Invoke speaker, or Sonos One.

The Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa is available today in the US. 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.

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At the moment, Dolby Vision will only work in the Netflix app for Premium subscribers, but in an Xbox Wire post about the October update, Microsoft confirmed other apps will also start supporting Dolby Vision "in the coming months". For those unfamiliar, Dolby Vision is Dolby's proprietary format for HDR video, and you'll need a compatible TV set to take advantage of it. Support on more apps will come in the following months. Then, go to Display and sound Video output Video modes Allow Dolby Vision.

The October update also adds support for Dolby Vision HDR when streaming on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Compared to normal HDR, Dolby Vision changes the HDR settings dynamically scene-by-scene rather than flatly throughout the entire content. "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.

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Restart your Xbox One console. Microsoft hasn't announced the features for that though, so there should be more news soon.

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