When the Xbox One X launched, it came with a Kinect sensor that allowed for voice control of the console. But since the console has been launched, Microsoft has slowly dialed back Kinect integration until late last year when the company officially killed off the device. While the take rate of the Kinect was low, those of us who have the peripheral love the voice controls.
So now that there is no first-party way to get voice control for the Xbox One, Microsoft has stepped up and is now testing voice control through Alexa and Cortana devices.
The voice controls available will all but replace the Kinect functionality. Users can turn their consoles on and off, start games, take screenshots and more. Now if you want to play your favorite game, you just need to say “Alexa, play Fallout 4” and the game will fire right up.
Of course, at the moment this functionality is only available to members of Microsoft’s Insider Program, but expect the functionality to roll out to a wider audience soon. And if you happen to be a fan of voice controls and don’t have an Alexa or Cortana capable device, there are rumors floating around that Google’s own voice-assistant will be joining the party soon as well.