Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Xbox One's October Update Rolls Out With Long Awaited Avatars Overhaul

Xbox One Update Brings Amazon Alexa Integration, Next-Gen Avatars, Dolby Vision How to use Dolby Vision HDR on Xbox One
Emmett Howard | 12 October, 2018, 21:10

That means that you'll be able to talk to Alexa-enabled devices, such as an Echo, and control your Xbox One with it.

Microsoft has begun rolling out the October 2018 update for Xbox One, which adds new Xbox avatars, Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa, Dolby Vision video streaming, and new languages for Narrator. The video above explains everything new, but we've also got a quick summary of the biggest changes below. The console has not received a big update like this in quite some time, and users that were eager to try out the new Avatars since their reveal past year also have a lot to look forward to with the latest Xbox One update. They will be present on activity feed posts, Friend blocks on the Home screen, Gamerscore leaderboards, club headers, and more.

The new Xbox Avatars are expressive, creative and, most importantly, bring to life the community of fans they represent.

If you chose to upgrade to the new avatar system, you will lose your old avatar and any items associated with them, but you will get access to a wide range of new items, clothing and emotes, many of which feature higher levels of detail and animation than before.

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The Xbox Skill feature for Cortana and Alexa has also been added, letting you navigate the menus and interact with Xbox through Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices. Finally, users can also customize each element of their Avatars, including skin, hair, clothes and accessories, with more than 16 million colors available. The Xbox Skill expands voice navigation beyond a headset and the (dearly departed) Kinect, allowing you to adjust the volume, start a game, capture screenshots, or power on your console with an Echo (or other smart speaker). To set up Alexa, say, "Alexa, open Xbox". Dolby Vision enables select TVs to deliver enhanced HDR with dynamic scene-by-scene precision and accuracy versus standard HDR, which is static for the entire movie/show you are watching.

In the United States, anyone purchasing an Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon.com will also include a new Amazon Echo Dot, while supplies last. To enable Dolby Vision on the console, navigate to Settings - Display and sound - Video output - Video modes - Allow Dolby Vision. And that's it! You're ready to experience Dolby Vision on Netflix via your Xbox.

Yep, the new Avatars make their debut with this update, enabling you to create a more distinct look for your virtual person that ties in with your Xbox account.

Go here to learn about how to update your Xbox console. These updates will downloaded and install when the console isn't in use. An Australian version of English language for Narrator is also being added.

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