Sunday, 18 November, 2018

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

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
Wayne Curry | 15 October, 2018, 06:30

The latest system update brings several new features such as the redesigned Xbox Live Avatars, which were initially announced previous year.

The October 2018 Xbox Update is bringing a slew of new content, including the debut of the new Xbox Avatars, Voice Skills, and Dolby Vision video streaming. Do you like the new avatars? Licensed objects from games like Halo and Gears of War are also being added to the new Avatar Store, offering up even more custom options for players. You can use a Photobooth to take a picture of your Avatar to use as your profile image. It includes new Avatars for you to use and more extra features. I browsed through several Xbox One X and Xbox One S listings this morning, and while they mention the Alexa skill, there's no indication of an Echo Dot being part of the package, at least at the time of this writing.

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This appears to have had some impact on Chinese imports of American products, which dropped by 9 percent last month. Commenting on this week's plunge in stock markets, Mnuchin called it a "natural correction", CNBC reported.

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Next up there's the 10MP f/2.4 Ultra-Wide camera that has a 120 degree viewing angle that's meant to be the same as the human eye. Samsung withheld a good deal of information when it comes to the Galaxy A9 (2018)'s release date, pricing, and availability .

The Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa also released with the October update in the USA, which allows people to navigate with voice controls through their Xbox One while using Cortana or Alexa-enabled devices, expanding beyond the previous capabilities with Kinect. All you have to do is install the Xbox Skill from the Alexa Skill Store and start shouting commands, controlling your console hands-free. You can now choose to have your Xbox Avatar across your entire Xbox One profile and console, and even use it as your gamerpic. Codenamed Redstone 5, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was actually pulled due to files being deleted, but Xbox isn't going to be affected by that. Right now, you can test out Dolby Vision in video apps like Netflix (if you have the right 4K HD plan).

Support for Dolby Vision enables "enhanced HDR" streaming capabilities across the Xbox lineup. Support on more apps will come in the following months. Today we are adding five additional languages to Narrator on Xbox One, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. The console bundles are priced at $499.99 and $299.99 respectively, which is the same retail price you'd find for them at other stores without the Echo Dot included. "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. Insiders on the Preview Alpha ring will next begin testing the next feature update, codenamed 19H1. We will update this post as soon as we see the new incentive to buy a new Xbox One S or Xbox One X is available.

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