Xbox October Update Includes New Avatars, Alexa Support, Dolby Vision, and More

Xbox One Update Brings Amazon Alexa Integration, Next-Gen Avatars, Dolby Vision

The October 2018 Xbox One update drops today and delivers those fancy new avatars revealed back at E3 2017, along with the recently announced smart-assistant support. You'll also see Avatars on activity feed posts, friend blocks on the Home screen, gamerscore leaderboards, club headers, profile comparisons, etc.

These Avatars can be personalised with licensed gear from franchises like Halo and Gears of War, all of which is accessible on the marketplace, and this Avatar then represents you when people examine your profile.

This October firmware update should be a good upgrade for the 4K and HDR TV owners since it adds support for Dolby Vision streaming, which is the superior HDR format to view on a TV that supports it. You can enable it through the Settings menu. To set up the skill, start by saying "Alexa, open Xbox" or "Hey Cortana, open Xbox".

The October 2018 update also adds the "Xbox Skill" app for Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa voice-controlled devices. It's now only available in the USA, but downloading either persona's Skill Store will get you started and let you use an Amazon Echo to turn on or launch a particular game. One needs to download Xbox Skill to use the features. Remember, Windows 10 runs on thousands of different configurations, while Xbox One consists of just three.

The new Xbox Avatars are the biggest feature in this update. 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 new avatars include all body types, moods, items from games, and more. And that's it! You're ready to experience Dolby Vision on Netflix via your Xbox.

Microsoft stated that tons of customization options will be available at launch with plenty more to come.

Lastly, five additional languages are being added to Narrator, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch.

The next major dashboard update for Xbox One is now available.

Dolby Vision support is now included for video streaming on supported LG TVs, with Dolby's standard going further than regular HDR10 content in colour accuracy and HDR depth. We're also adding an Australian version of English language for Narrator, so Australian users will no longer have to select USA or U.K. English to use Narrator. Insiders on the Preview Alpha ring will next begin testing the next feature update, codenamed 19H1.

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