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Google Assistant voice controls come to Xbox One

When it launched alongside, one of the Xbox One’s main selling points was voice control, delivered via an upgraded Kinect unit. Kinect was quickly phased out, though, and Alexa and Cortana voice controls eventually served as a replacement. Now, Google Assistant users will be able to yell at their Xbox One, too, thanks to a software update rolling out today.

Using Google Assistant to control an Xbox One is simple: Just say, “Hey Google, turn on Xbox” to a Google Assistant device or your phone and you’ll hear your console power up. You can also rename your console if you have multiple Xboxes in your home. For example, you could specify that one Xbox is in your bedroom and say, “Hey Google, turn on the bedroom Xbox.” Xbox Action for Google Assistant is currently limited to English, as it’s in a beta testing stage. Google and Microsoft are working together to expand language support before a full launch of the service this fall. Current capabilities for beta testers include turning the console on or off, launching games and apps, pausing and resuming, adjusting volume and taking screenshots…

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