Xbox One October 2018 Update Gives Xbox Avatars a Makeover

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

Amazon will be bundling its Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker with "qualified" Xbox One S and Xbox One X bundles starting tomorrow, October 12. Look for the Xbox Skill in the Alexa Skill Store or the Cortana Skill Store to get started. You can enable it through the Settings menu.

Microsoft announced this week that it would be offering the Alexa device with new console purchases "while supplies last". You can now chose to keep your old avatar, but it's unclear if this will be the case forever.

The update brings new Xbox Live Avatars that have been in testing for a year. You can now choose to have your Xbox Avatar across your entire Xbox One profile and console, and even use it as your gamerpic.

So far, the only new feature that Microsoft announced for the 19H1 update is upcoming support for mouse and keyboard, and this should start rolling out to select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks. For example, if you have the Xbox skill enabled on your Echo, say, "Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4", and then it will automatically turn on your console, sign you in, and launch the game. This features all ranges of body types.

Xbox is committed to bringing rich entertainment options to our fans. Dolby Vision will only work on Netflix for people with a premium subscription at launch but more Dolby Vision supported apps will be added in the coming months.

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Microsoft stated that tons of customization options will be available at launch with plenty more to come.

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This feature allows supported TVs to deliver enhanced HDR images, and is now supported by the Netflix app for Xbox.

Xbox is committed to being more accessible and inclusive.

Microsoft is releasing the Xbox One October update today, and it features the long-awaited Avatar update along with other nifty additions. Tell us how this will help all you Xbox One users and if it is a welcome change or not.

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