Monday, 10 December, 2018

Xbox One October update adds new Avatars, Alexa controls, Dolby Vision HDR

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Katie Ramirez | 12 October, 2018, 02:15

The new Avatars will appear across your Xbox One.

The new and improved Avatars aim to let players celebrate their own diversity within the community. Microsoft is launching a new Xbox Skill for Alexa and Cortana that will allow users to control their console through an Alexa or Cortana-powered device.

The new Xbox Live Avatars have been created to be more inclusive, and they're much modern than the ones from the Xbox 360 era. Everyone is unique and you're given more options than ever before to personalize your Avatar as you see fit. Once enabled, you will be able to use your voice to turn on/off your console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, take screenshots, and much more.

The Avatar Store is also where users can find licensed designs from various games and new content is expected monthly. If you choose to represent yourself as an Xbox Original Avatar, all the content from your Xbox Original avatar's closet continues to be available via the Xbox Original Avatars app on Xbox One and Windows 10. Microsoft hasn't announced the features for that though, so there should be more news soon. Incidentally, if you buy one of the select Xbox One S and Xbox One X bundles on the American branch of Amazon starting tomorrow, you'll also receive an Amazon Echo Dot with it.

Xbox is committed to bringing rich entertainment options to our fans.

Another highlight of the October 2018 Update is support for Dolby Vision HDR video streaming.

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Dolby Vision HDR video streaming is now supported on both Xbox One S and Xbox One X. People with HDR TVs that supports the latest version of Dolby Vision and a Premium Netflix subscription can enjoy this feature today. Similar to technologies like HDR+, Dolby Vision offers dynamic HDR based on the scene, while standard HDR is the same throughout the movie or TV show that you're watching. Support on more apps will come in the following months.

Xbox is committed to being more accessible and inclusive.

And lastly, Narrator is getting upgraded with support for five new languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. While it's not exactly a new language, the firm also added Australian English.

These updates are available because of the Xbox Insiders who have helped shape these features, so big thanks to all of you for your valuable input. The feature update is version 1810, while its Windows 10 counterpart was version 1809.

Open the Settings app on Xbox One.

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