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

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

One such update lands for the Xbox One this month that, among other things, make it seem like you can talk to your console even if you're actually talking to your speaker instead. If you're not a fan of the new system then don't worry, you'll still be able to use your Xbox Original Avatar if you so wish. The new Avatars can be seen on your profile, the pages of others, on activity feed posts, leaderboards, club headers, friend blocks, and more. Microsoft designed its new Avatars to be more inclusive, and there's a built-in Avatar Store where you can purchase new Avatar items. This expands Xbox voice control beyond using Kinect or a headset, enabling you to turn your console off and on, adjust the volume, launch games and apps, stop and start Mixer broadcasts and more. This means you can ask Amazon's Alexa to launch a game or shut down the Xbox.

Support for Dolby Vision enables "enhanced HDR" streaming capabilities across the Xbox lineup. This is officially labeled as the October firmware update.

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Dolby Vision support is now included for video streaming on supported LG TVs, with Dolby's standard going further than regular HDR10 content in colour accuracy and HDR depth. Cortana is Microsoft's personal assistant and Alexa is that of Amazon. Microsoft hasn't announced the features for that though, so there should be more news soon. The Xbox Skill feature allows interaction with your Xbox using Alexa or Cortana devices. 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.

The Xbox One October 2018 Update also introduces Dolby Vision support for video streaming. Right now, you can test out Dolby Vision in video apps like Netflix (if you have the right 4K HD plan). This feature completes the Dolby duo, as Microsoft already added support for Dolby Atmos spatial sound to the Xbox One in late 2017. While it's not exactly a new language, the firm also added Australian English. Insiders on the Preview Alpha ring will next begin testing the next feature update, codenamed 19H1.

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