Xbox One October 2018 Dashboard Update Has Rolled Out With New Avatars

Xbox One October 2018 Dashboard Update Has Rolled Out With New Avatars

Microsoft has begun rolling out the October 2018 update for Xbox One, which adds new Xbox avatars, Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa, Dolby Vision video streaming, and new languages for Narrator.

Ever since the Xbox One launched in 2013, fans of the platform have been asking about avatars. Microsoft is launching a new Xbox Skill for Alexa and Cortana that will allow users to control their console through an Alexa or Cortana-powered device. If you prefer something more powerful, you can grab an Xbox One X.

The update also adds support for Dolby Vision HDR streaming for both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

Today we are adding five additional languages to Narrator on Xbox One, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch.

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At launch, you'll be able use Alexa to adjust the volume of the console, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer and capture screenshots, with more functionality coming further down the road. You can use the new Photobooth feature to take pictures of your new Avatar to share around the network, or use as your gamerpic if you so choose.

At the moment, Dolby Vision will only work in the Netflix app for Premium subscribers, but in an Xbox Wire post about the October update, Microsoft confirmed other apps will also start supporting Dolby Vision "in the coming months".

The new update should be available now through your console, although your device will eventually update automatically.

To enable Dolby Vision on your console, navigate to Settings - Display and sound - Video output - Video modes - Allow Dolby Vision. Don't have one? Don't even have an Xbox One? There's an Australian version of English coming for Narrator as well, eliminating the need for Australian gamers to select United States or UK English to utilize the app. This Xbox One X bundle packages Microsoft's UHD HDR beast with a matching Charcoal version of the Amazon Echo Dot - and, of course, National Basketball Association 2K19. Microsoft hasn't announced the features for that though, so there should be more news soon.

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