Xbox One October update adds new Avatars, Alexa controls, Dolby Vision HDR

Donna Miller
October 12, 2018

The new Xbox Live Avatars have been created to be more inclusive, and they're much modern than the ones from the Xbox 360 era.

Dolby Vision has made its debut on modern Xbox One consoles, though it is now limited to video playback. You will see your own Avatar on your profile, as well as on the profile pages of anyone who has chosen to represent themselves as an Avatars. Microsoft is also launching a new Xbox Avatar Store where you will be able to buy Avatar items and accessories for your favourite games like Halo, Gears of War, etc. If you prefer something more powerful, you can grab an Xbox One X. And if you don't like the new Xbox Avatar, Microsoft will let you get back your original Xbox Avatar by simply switching to the Xbox Original Avatar through the Xbox Avatar Editor.

Announced over two years ago, Microsoft's new avatars are now available to everyone. This feature is now available in the US. You can now choose to have your Xbox Avatar across your entire Xbox One profile and console, and even use it as your gamerpic.

Through the new Xbox Skill for Alexa, you can now use voice commands to power on/off their console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, and more.


With the October 2018 Update for the Xbox One, users can now control their console with their voice using Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana.

The Xbox Skill feature for Cortana and Alexa has also been added, letting you navigate the menus and interact with Xbox through Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices. Microsoft is also offering a free Echo Dot with select Xbox One console bundle purchases in the U.S. for a limited time. Today we are excited to launch our latest entertainment option, Dolby Vision HDR video streaming support across Xbox One S and Xbox One X! Similar to technologies like HDR+, Dolby Vision offers dynamic HDR based on the scene, while standard HDR is the same throughout the movie or TV show that you're watching. Microsoft will be bringing Dolby Vision support to more apps in the future.

To enable Dolby Vision on your console, navigate to Settings - Display and sound - Video output - Video modes - Allow Dolby Vision. If you need more assistance setting up the feature or want more information on supported TVs, check out this blog post. Five additional languages are available through the Narrator on Xbox One. 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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