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Microsoft’s Xbox One console will soon include support for both Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant and the Google Assistant. Windows Central reports that future versions of the Xbox One dashboard include the ability to enable Alexa and Google Assistant support through a skill on both platforms. Microsoft currently only supports its own Cortana digital assistant, through its Kinect accessory or a headset, but Cortana has a limited set of skills right now.

The expansion to Alexa and Google Assistant support could mean Xbox users will be able to control their console through both of the digital assistants. It’s not yet clear exactly what features Microsoft will support, but it will likely mean Xbox One owners won’t have to use a Kinect or headset to issue voice commands.

Alexa and Google Assistant on Xbox one Windows Central

Microsoft Xbox veteran Albert Penello recently joined Amazon to “help figure out how to grow Alexa / Echo presence in gaming,” and if this integration goes ahead then it will be yet another major addition to Alexa’s growing presence across devices. Microsoft has also been working with Amazon to integrate Alexa and Cortana, meaning all Windows 10 PCs will soon have Alexa built into them.

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I hope this is true. Xbox is becoming Microsofts in house PC brand more and more everyday, and I love it. Hopefully they eventually allow Steam, Origins, Uplay, and such as well. This is a great direction for Xbox that gives it its own identity in the console space. Ever since they upgraded the browser and data managment a few weeks ago, I have been using my XOX a lot more. If they do indeed go through with this, I will likely gravitate even more to the system. I will never buy a digital assistant speaker, but as part of a great product I already own like XOX, I am all about getting the most from it.



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Color me interested to see how this works. I can definitely say that I use my voice on my phone all the time now since it makes hands free so much easier. Having Alexa, and Google one the one and if its as good as current support will add that extra bit of controller hands free giving the X1 a feature separating it from its competitor.



Sounds good to me. I use Cortana all the time. But, they've stripped her of features and failed to keep her in good working order over the last couple of years. If they'll allow me to use my Google Assistant in her place, that will be great.



KBG29 said:
I hope this is true. Xbox is becoming Microsofts in house PC brand more and more everyday, and I love it. Hopefully they eventually allow Steam, Origins, Uplay, and such as well. This is a great direction for Xbox that gives it its own identity in the console space. Ever since they upgraded the browser and data managment a few weeks ago, I have been using my XOX a lot more. If they do indeed go through with this, I will likely gravitate even more to the system. I will never buy a digital assistant speaker, but as part of a great product I already own like XOX, I am all about getting the most from it.

Considering Win 10 is MS's PC brand OS, and how they've been trying to merge both Xbox and Win 10 together, it's not really the other way around.

I don't see Xbox One let alone next gen magically allowing all the PC based clients onto their system and suddenly being able to play PC client based games on the system either. 

 

It's not really giving it much of an identity, since PC has access to all the other clients within the PC space. Windows xp-10 has access to all the clients.



                                       

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As an Echo owner, I'm interested in how this will turn out.



Chazore said:
KBG29 said:
I hope this is true. Xbox is becoming Microsofts in house PC brand more and more everyday, and I love it. Hopefully they eventually allow Steam, Origins, Uplay, and such as well. This is a great direction for Xbox that gives it its own identity in the console space. Ever since they upgraded the browser and data managment a few weeks ago, I have been using my XOX a lot more. If they do indeed go through with this, I will likely gravitate even more to the system. I will never buy a digital assistant speaker, but as part of a great product I already own like XOX, I am all about getting the most from it.

 

Considering Win 10 is MS's PC brand OS, and how they've been trying to merge both Xbox and Win 10 together, it's not really the other way around.

I don't see Xbox One let alone next gen magically allowing all the PC based clients onto their system and suddenly being able to play PC client based games on the system either. 

 

It's not really giving it much of an identity, since PC has access to all the other clients within the PC space. Windows xp-10 has access to all the clients.

Windows is their OS brand, Surface is the their in house Tablet and Laptop Brand, and now it looks like Xbox is turing into their in house PC brand.

It is a long shot, but I think that Microsoft will reach a point where they flat out allow users to have full windows on their Xbox. I believe they will be sold with a closed garden version of the OS, and then the user will have the option to unlock full Windows if they choose. Personally I would just stick with the closed garden version, and only get apps from Windows/Xbox Store, but I know that there are folks that prefer access to Origins, Steam, Uplay, and such, and I think MS is going to open up to them.

It puts Xbox in a very unqiue position in the Console space, and that is what they need. Sure it is no different that a PC that is shrunk down to Console size, but as the past has shown, people don't want a PC under their TV. Even though Xbox in this case would just be a PC, being marketed as a console/Streamer/Smart Box for the TV, they could finally break through that metal barrier with consumers.



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KBG29 said:

Windows is their OS brand, Surface is the their in house Tablet and Laptop Brand, and now it looks like Xbox is turing into their in house PC brand.

It is a long shot, but I think that Microsoft will reach a point where they flat out allow users to have full windows on their Xbox. I believe they will be sold with a closed garden version of the OS, and then the user will have the option to unlock full Windows if they choose. Personally I would just stick with the closed garden version, and only get apps from Windows/Xbox Store, but I know that there are folks that prefer access to Origins, Steam, Uplay, and such, and I think MS is going to open up to them.

It puts Xbox in a very unqiue position in the Console space, and that is what they need. Sure it is no different that a PC that is shrunk down to Console size, but as the past has shown, people don't want a PC under their TV. Even though Xbox in this case would just be a PC, being marketed as a console/Streamer/Smart Box for the TV, they could finally break through that metal barrier with consumers.

That makes no sense in regards to Xbox taking over the "PC space", not when PC has had that taken since it first became it's own platform. Windows is the OS, PC is the platform hardware, not a console.

 

I don't see MS giving you what you want, and somehow getting to call it a "100% legit PC". It's a closed off watered down system at best. A PC is a PC, a console is a console. 



                                       

Chazore said:
KBG29 said:

Windows is their OS brand, Surface is the their in house Tablet and Laptop Brand, and now it looks like Xbox is turing into their in house PC brand.

It is a long shot, but I think that Microsoft will reach a point where they flat out allow users to have full windows on their Xbox. I believe they will be sold with a closed garden version of the OS, and then the user will have the option to unlock full Windows if they choose. Personally I would just stick with the closed garden version, and only get apps from Windows/Xbox Store, but I know that there are folks that prefer access to Origins, Steam, Uplay, and such, and I think MS is going to open up to them.

It puts Xbox in a very unqiue position in the Console space, and that is what they need. Sure it is no different that a PC that is shrunk down to Console size, but as the past has shown, people don't want a PC under their TV. Even though Xbox in this case would just be a PC, being marketed as a console/Streamer/Smart Box for the TV, they could finally break through that metal barrier with consumers.

That makes no sense in regards to Xbox taking over the "PC space", not when PC has had that taken since it first became it's own platform. Windows is the OS, PC is the platform hardware, not a console.

 

I don't see MS giving you what you want, and somehow getting to call it a "100% legit PC". It's a closed off watered down system at best. A PC is a PC, a console is a console. 

It's not Xbox taking over PC, it is just Microsoft using the Xbox Branding for their 1st party PC hardware. Microsoft having its own in house PC, does nothing to stop people from building a custom PC, or buying from any number of companies that make pre-built PCs, just like Microsoft having Surface Tablets, and Laptops doesn't stop other manufactures from making and selling products in that category.

I don't believe Microsoft would call it a PC, because the goal would be to sneak it into peoples homes as a console. If they try to maket it as a PC for the TV, I believe it would scare people off, just like it always has in the past. I already have what I want, with XOX as it is. I can use more and more Windows apps every week thanks to Universal Windows Apps, and each update continues to make it operate more and more like full Windows, of course in a closed garden fashion at the moment.

And since when is a PC defined so narrowly? PC's come in every form factor imaginable. Tall Towers, Mini Towers, All In Ones, Laptops, Tablets, Phones, the list goes on and on. Why would an Xbox with full blown windows not be a PC?



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Kevyn B Grams
10/03/2010 

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Now we're all going to look like crazy people talking to our consoles again. Voice commands aren't really that good, my google phone has troubles listening to me when I ask it to do something. Could be that I have a billion different voices I use throughout the day, but it should know me by now. More gimmicky technology for people to use I guess.