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Xbox One System Update adds new avatars, Alexa Support, and more



The Xbox One October update rolls out today, offering some new watches and whistles to the Microsoft console. The features of this update allow you to use multiple voice interactions, view easier HDR movies with streaming services, and personalize Avatar.

The Xbox Finesse feature lets you interact with your Xbox using Alexa or Cortana devices, to a greater degree of precision than the previous Kinect voice commands. As an example, Microsoft says that you can tell Alexa to "launch Forza Horizon 4", and in response, Xbox One will boot up, log on and start the game, all without extra commands needed. Other commands include starting Mixer broadcasts, capturing screenshots and adjusting the volume. You must download Xbox Skill in the respective stores to get started.

To promote the new functionality, Amazon will offer a bundle containing an Amazon Echo Dot with new Xbox One S or Xbox One X purchase. The deal will be coming soon, but the supply will be limited.

The recently revised Avatars are available to all users today as well. These focus on inclusivity, with a wider range of body types, more accessories, and the ability to dress any clothes you want. You see the new avatars on your own profile, in activity and Gamerscore leaderboards, and more. You can use a Photobooth to take a picture of your Avatar to use as a profile image. Plus, if you want to hold on to the original Avatar, this option is also available.

The update also adds Dolby Vision HDR streaming over supported TV. For now, it only supports Netflix, but Dolby Vision will expand to more apps in the coming months. You can enable it via the Settings menu. Finally, the narrator has added Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, Dutch and Australian English.


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