Xbox One October 2018 Dashboard Update Has Rolled Out With New Avatars

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

Remember, Windows 10 runs on thousands of different configurations, while Xbox One consists of just three. They will be present on activity feed posts, Friend blocks on the Home screen, Gamerscore leaderboards, club headers, and more. With the Xbox Skill, people can use voice commands to power on/off their console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more. You don't have to adopt a new Xbox Avatar if you don't want to, as you can keep your old Avatar if you so wish, but there are new items in the Avatar Store, including licensed props from the likes of Halo and Gears of War.

Microsoft is releasing the Xbox One October update today, and it features the long-awaited Avatar update along with other nifty additions.

The other big new feature launching today is the new Xbox skill for Cortana and Alexa, which is now available in the USA only. For example, you can say, "Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4", and the game will launch on your console.

With the October 2018 Update for the Xbox One, users can now control their console with their voice using Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana.

Announced over two years ago, Microsoft's new avatars are now available to everyone.

Microsoft is really focusing on Alexa here for the Xbox Skill, so much so that Microsoft is even launching a new deal for the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S where customers can get a free Amazon Echo Dot while supplies last. Microsoft is adding Dolby Vision support to the Xbox One, so you will be able to stream Dolby Vision HDR content with your Xbox One, as long as your TV actually supports the latest Dolby Vision tech. Then, go to Display and sound Video output Video modes Allow Dolby Vision.

Finally, the October 2018 Xbox One update also includes Dolby Vision video streaming and new languages for Narrator on Xbox One, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch, as well as an Australian version. There's also a new Australian version of the English language Narrator. If you'd like to help create the future of Xbox and get access to early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC today.

Open the Settings app on Xbox One.