This seems to be an easier way for Xbox owners to access the Alexa ‘Skill’ that allows Echo devices to perform simple tasks tired the console through voice commands. As expected, an Echo smart speaker is still required for these commands to work.
In a recent press release, Amazon outlined the following Alexa voice commands:
- Turn your console on or off — “Alexa, turn on/off Xbox”
- Launch your favourite game — “Alexa, launch Fortnite on Xbox”
- Check for new games — “Alexa, what’s new on Game Pass”
- Switch to a binge-worthy series — “Alexa, open Netflix on Xbox”
- If you need to pause your show or movie — “Alexa, tell Xbox to pause/resume”
- Don’t miss a moment — “Alexa, tell Xbox to record that”
- Invite your friends — “Alexa, ask Xbox is [friend/gamertag] online?
Below are some of the commands:
- Get in your zone — “Alexa, play <artist name> on Xbox”
- When the doorbell rings — “Alexa, show me the front door camera”
- Expecting an important email? — “Alexa, show me my email”
- Plan your week — “Alexa, show me my calendar”
- What’s the weather forecast? — “Alexa, show me the weather”
It’s worth noting that Google Nest/Home devices are compatible with Xbox consoles as long as the system has been linked to your ‘Home’ iOS or Android app.
Though I at one point was a big fan of the Xbox One’s Kinect-powered voice commands, the number of times I’ve used Alexa or Nest voice commands with an Xbox console over the last few years can be counted on one hand.
As convenient as voice commands can be, there just not something that really makes much sense in the context of a video game console.
Amazon says that the Alexa Xbox app is set to arrive on Xbox consoles soon.