You can now command the console with your voice.
It has been proven that the Xbox One isn’t just a console, but its support for Windows 10 apps and the ability to playback 4K Blu-ray discs (on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X) also make it an ideal entertainment device. When it was first launched with the Kinect sensor, it also utilized voice commands, where you can simply tell the console to launch a game or just turn itself off.
Since Kinect accessory is being phased out, everyone who owns an Xbox One no longer has the means to utilize voice commands on the console – but it looks like Microsoft has found a solution.
Google Assistant now officially supports the Xbox One, and this means that you can use it to control various aspects of the console. You would probably need an input device to have your voice recognized, but that’s easy as using an app on your smartphone or even better if you already have a Google Home smart speaker.
The only thing left to do is set up your Xbox One to work with Google Assistant – and this is how you do it:
- Make sure your Xbox One is turned on and you are signed in.
- Open the Google Home app on your iOS or Android device
- Select + Add to add a new device
- Tap Set up device
- Select Have something already set up?
- Look for the Xbox and select it
- It will then ask you to sign in with your Microsoft account
- Confirm the instructions to get Google Assistant to work with your Xbox One
Once that is done you can already start using Google Assistant on your Xbox One. Microsoft listed down some of the commands that you can use:
“Hey Google, play Fortnite on Xbox”
“Hey Google, turn off Xbox”
“Hey Google, turn on Xbox”
“Hey Google, pause Xbox”
“Hey Google, resume on Xbox”
“Hey Google, volume up on Xbox”
“Hey Google, volume down 5 on Xbox”
“Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox”
“Hey Google, mute Xbox”
“Hey Google, record that on Xbox”
“Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox”
“Hey Google, change the channel to [channel name] on Xbox” (if live TV is configured)