How to use Alexa or Cortana to control your Xbox One by voice

Have you ever found yourself gaming on Xbox One and wished you could just say, “Alexa, start Destiny 2?” Well, you’re in luck. Recently, Microsoft and Amazon partnered up so that users would be able to access Cortana on Alexa devices and Alexa on Cortana devices. Now, the pair are extending that agreement, with Microsoft launching Alexa support on the Xbox One console via an update.

How to use Alexa or Cortana to control your Xbox One

The Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa is now available in the US, allowing you to use your voice to navigate and interact with Xbox (either through Cortana devices or Alexa devices).

For example, if you have the Xbox skill enabled on your Echo, simply say, “Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4,” and then it will automatically turn on your console, sign you in, and launch the game. Here’s how to get started…

Cortana users

To set up Cortana, say, “Hey Cortana, open Xbox”. You can also do the following:

  1. Sign into the Xbox you want to control.
  2. On your Windows 10 PC, click here.
  3. Sign in with your Microsoft account to link the skill (here).
  4. Now, try a command.

Alexa users

To open Alexa, say, “Alexa, open Xbox”.

You can also do the following:

  1. Sign into the Xbox you want to control.
  2. Click here, sign in with your Amazon Account.
  3. Click Enable.
  4. Sign in with your Microsoft account to link the skill (here).
  5. Let Alexa discover your console.
  6. Follow the instructions to pair your console with Alexa.
  7. Now, try a command.

Which Alexa or Cortana devices work with Xbox One?

The Xbox Skill works with Cortana devices and Alexa devices, as well as Windows 10 PCs, Amazon Echos, Harman Kardon Invokes, or Sonos Ones. Microsoft said the Cortana and Alexa apps on iOS and Android will also support voice commands to control your Xbox One console.

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Voice commands that work with Xbox One

With the new Xbox Skill, you can use voice commands to adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more. So, just say the name of your assistant, followed by one such command.

Some examples:

  • Alexa/Cortana, tell Xbox to open [app name].
  • Alexa/Cortana, tell Xbox to turn on.
  • Alexa/Cortana, tell Xbox to start Sea of Thieves.
  • Alexa/Cortana, tell Xbox to pause.
  • Alexa/Cortana, tell Xbox to turn it up.
  • Alexa/Cortana, tell Xbox to record that.
  • Alexa/Cortana, tell Xbox to start a party.
  • Alexa/Cortana, start [game name].
  • Alexa/Cortana, pause.
  • Alexa/Cortana, play.
  • Alexa/Cortana, watch [app name].
  • Alexa/Cortana, turn on [device name].
  • Alexa/Cortana, turn off [device name].
  • Alexa/Cortana, volume up on [device name].
  • Alexa/Cortana, volume down on [device name].
  • Alexa/Cortana, mute [device name].

Visit the Xbox Insider Subreddit for more commands. You can also just say “Ask Xbox what can I say?” to learn about more commands.

Can anyone use Alexa or Cortana with Xbox One?

The Xbox One October 2018 update brings Alexa and Cortana support to Xbox One. It available immediately for all Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X consoles in the US. Go here to learn about how to update your Xbox console.

If your console is set to receive automatic updates, it will check to see whether any updates are available.

These updates will downloaded and install when the console isn’t in use.

Want to know more?

See Microsoft’s blog post for more details.

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