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Xbox Google Assistant Support Now Available

September 26, 2019 at 5:56pm
By Jason Stettner

Voice command capabilities are expanding moving past the previous usage of Alexa and Cortana. You will now be able to use Google Assistant on the Xbox One starting with public beta on September 26, 2019 and then rolling out fully during the fall of that year.

You’ll be able to launch games or apps, turn the console on or off and play or pause movies among other features. This can be done from the AI Google Assistant from home enabled devices or apps via IOS and Android. The steps and additional details can be found below.
Google Assistant Sea of Thieves Screenshot
Be sure to enable to the following when setting this up (Settings > Kinect & Devices > Digital Assistants)

Voice Details
1 – “Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.”
2 – “Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.”
Once you’re all set up, here are a few actions you can try to get you started with controlling your Xbox One with Google Assistant:
-“Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.”
-“Hey Google, turn on Xbox.”
-“Hey Google, turn off Xbox.”
-“Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox.”
-“Hey Google, pause on Xbox.”
-“Hey Google, resume on Xbox.”
-“Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.”
-“Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.”

You’ll notice the default device name for Xbox consoles is “Xbox”; however, you can change the device name for your smart home commands at any time in the Google Home and Assistant apps if you have more than one Xbox in your home. When triggering an action, just use the device name you set in your commands. For example, you would say, “Hey Google, turn on Basement Xbox.”

More voice options are planned for the future, and additional options are ready with the above being examples. Check out the hub for more coverage on the service, and for some swash buckling our review of Sea of Thieves below.

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Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner