Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

Xbox One October Firmware Update Is Out Now; Here's What It Does

Xbox One October Firmware Update Is Out Now; Here's What It Does

Microsoft just announced that the system software update for the Xbox One has started rolling out today for all users.

Yep, the new Avatars make their debut with this update, enabling you to create a more distinct look for your virtual person that ties in with your Xbox account. If you choose to represent yourself as an Xbox Original Avatar, all the content from your Xbox Original avatar's closet continues to be available via the Xbox Original Avatars app on Xbox One and Windows 10. You'll see the new Avatars on your own profile, in the activity feed and Gamerscore leaderboard, and more. And current Xbox owners who already have an Echo device can also take advantage of the new voice features, no purchase required. You can enable it through the Settings menu. The Skill can be found in the Alexa and Cortana Skill stores but is now only available in the United States.

The October update further introduces an Xbox skill for both Cortana and Alexa, the virtual assistants from Microsoft and Amazon, that allows users to launch games via Cortana and Alexa. For example, if you have the Xbox skill enabled on your Echo, say, "Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4", and then it will automatically turn on your console, sign you in, and launch the game. The new feature allows people to use Alexa to navigate and interact with their Xbox. The video above explains everything new, but we've also got a quick summary of the biggest changes below.

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Amazon will soon offer a package deal for US purchases of qualified Xbox One X and Xbox One S bundles that also includes an Echo Dot. These have a focus on inclusiveness, with a greater range of body types, more accessories, and the ability to dress in any kind of clothing you'd like. Barely two months ago, the two finally launched their much-advertised but also delayed Cortana-Alexa integration.

Go here to learn about how to update your Xbox console. The console bundles are priced at $499.99 and $299.99 respectively, which is the same retail price you'd find for them at other stores without the Echo Dot included. With a compatible TV and Dolby Vision enabled, your Xbox will deliver enhanced HDR picture quality.

Microsoft is releasing the Xbox One October update today, and it features the long-awaited Avatar update along with other nifty additions. Five additional languages are available through the Narrator on Xbox One.

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