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Amazon tosses free Echo Dot in with two new Xbox One bundles

13 October, 2018, 05:42 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Xbox One Update Brings Amazon Alexa Integration, Next-Gen Avatars, Dolby Vision

This Xbox One X bundle packages Microsoft's UHD HDR beast with a matching Charcoal version of the Amazon Echo Dot - and, of course, National Basketball Association 2K19. 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. For Windows 10 users, a new Xbox Avatar Editor is also available to download from the Microsoft Store for Avatar tweaks on the go.

This includes the implementation of "Xbox Skill" for Amazon Alexa and Cortana in the United States, enabling ayone with a voice recognition doodad to navigate and interact with their Xbox using an Alexa or Cortana-enabled device. You can now chose to keep your old avatar, but it's unclear if this will be the case forever.

You can power on/off the console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts, capture screenshots, and more.

The skill requires an Alexa- or Cortana-enabled device such as a Windows 10 PC, Amazon Echo, Harman Kardon Invoke speaker, or Sonos One. To learn more about this new feature, see our previous post.

Xbox is committed to bringing rich entertainment options to our fans. If you have a TV that supports the latest version of Dolby Vision and a Premium Netflix subscription, jump in and experience incredible brightness, contrast, and color for yourself today!

Support for Dolby Vision enables "enhanced HDR" streaming capabilities across the Xbox lineup. Diving into the console's advanced video settings, a single checkbox enables the feature.

Other additions include the Xbox Skill voice navigation system for U.S. users, Dolby Vision HDR streaming support for Xbox One S and Xbox One X, and new language options for the Xbox Narrator. There's an Australian version of English coming for Narrator as well, eliminating the need for Australian gamers to select USA or UK English to utilize the app. We'll have more to share soon on additional features releasing to Xbox One this fall.

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