Microsoft is starting to test Alexa support which will come on Xbox One today with its Xbox Insiders. The software giant is releasing an Xbox skill particularly for Microsoft Alexa which will allow Echo, Sonos, and other Alexa-powered devices to operate on the Xbox One.
According to the Xbox Larry Major Nelson Hryb, with this new Xbox insider program, you will be able to start it with by using your voice, launch games, adjust volume, capture screenshots, start broadcasts, and much more. The Xbox will also work with Microsoft own digital assistant Cortana.
The post says, “We will be rolling the Xbox Skill out to Xbox Insider rings gradually. If the Digital Assistant setting is visible on your console in Settings – > Devices, then you are currently eligible to test the Xbox Skill. If it doesn’t appear, then please be patient as we are working quickly to add more Insider rings to the beta.”
Like if you initiate it on your Echo you will become a part of the insider preview, You just have to give the command ‘Alexa, start Rocket League’ and this will automatically turn on your console, sign you in, and launch the game. Microsoft has always been supported by Kinect to do many of the things as the company is now no longer produced Kinect, so that’s why Microsoft Alexa integration is the next logical move. There was also some speculations that Microsoft might add Google assistant integration on the Xbox One.
Earlier this year, Microsoft Xbox veteran Albert Penello joined Amazon to find out how to grom Alexa or Echo presence in the game and this upgrade considered as the big boost to Alexa presence across services and devices. The company has been working with Amazon to merge Alexa and Cortana, and the preview of this feature is available both on Alexa and Cortana.