Xbox's October 2018 Update Rolls Out With New Avatars and More

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

Five additional languages are available through the Narrator on Xbox One.

They will appear all across Xbox One, including on your profile, as well as the profile pages of anyone who has made an avatars. For Windows 10 users, a new Xbox Avatar Editor is also available to download from the Microsoft Store for Avatar tweaks on the go.

One of the notable new features in the update is support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, which can be enabled via a skill.

If you prefer your Xbox Original Avatar, that's okay too!

At launch, you'll be able use Alexa to adjust the volume of the console, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer and capture screenshots, with more functionality coming further down the road.

Microsoft is really focusing on Alexa here for the Xbox Skill, so much so that Microsoft is even launching a new deal for the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S where customers can get a free Amazon Echo Dot while supplies last. 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. For those unfamiliar, Dolby Vision is Dolby's proprietary format for HDR video, and you'll need a compatible TV set to take advantage of it.

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The Xbox One October 2018 Update also introduces Dolby Vision support for video streaming. Support on more apps will come in the following months.

To enable Dolby Vision on your console, navigate to Settings - Display and sound - Video output - Video modes - Allow Dolby Vision.

Xbox is committed to being more accessible and inclusive.

Finally, the October 2018 Xbox One update also includes Dolby Vision video streaming and new languages for Narrator on Xbox One, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch, as well as an Australian version. 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.

Restart your Xbox One console.

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