Microsoft revealed today that it is collaborating with Google to bring the Xbox Action to the Assistant, which means that you can soon control your console by saying "Hello Google."
With this update, you can order Google to turn your Xbox on and off, launch applications, resume paused games or take screenshots, all good. It's basically the same as the Xbox skill currently available for Alexa. That means that Xbox Ones now works with a large part of the voice-controlled devices currently on the market.
As of the last major update, Cortana has been eliminated primarily from Xbox One. The reason given was that the company was " moving away from console experiences to cloud-based assistant experiences." I assumed that meant replacing Cortana with an Xbox skill in an existing voice assistant, and it seems that is exactly what Microsoft opted for, with Alexa and now with Google Assistant.
Assuming that these features are integrated with the next-generation Xbox, the so-called Scarlett will, from the beginning, give the console an edge over competition among smart home enthusiasts. The PS4 currently does not really work with any of the popular voice assistants, except through some smart recipes from IFTTT. I don't even want to imagine what it would take to make the Switch work with Google Assistant.
The feature has been released to the public beta for English-speaking users. According to Microsoft, it is working with Google to expand language compatibility. For those of you who want to join the beta, here are Microsoft's instructions:
- Join the Google Group with the Google account you want to use
- Sign in to your Xbox
- Google Starter app for iOS or Android:
- Touch “+ Add”
- Touch “Configure device”
- Touch “Have you configured anything?”
- Find and select “[beta] Xbox”
- Sign in with the Microsoft account you use on Xbox
- Follow the instructions to link your Xbox and give it a device name
For a complete list of compatible voice commands, see the Xbox Insider subreddit . According to Microsoft, it plans to launch the feature later this fall.