“Hey Cortana” Fancy Seeing You Here

 image source: Microsoft
image source: Microsoft

Today Microsoft announced the roll out of the Xbox summer update. With it brings improved UI features, background music and much more. But the biggest addition of them all is Cortana. If you don’t use Microsoft products you may be unfamiliar with Microsoft’s digital voice assistant. With Cortana you can use casual conversational English to ask her to do things like check the weather or sports scores among many other things. Cortana has been available on Windows phone for the last two years and on Windows 10 the last year. With this update Microsoft brings Cortana to the Xbox. As a lucky member of the Xbox preview program I’ve had hands on time with this update for the past couple months. Cortana is everything you want her to be and much more useful than the antiquated voice commands the Xbox One previously utilized solely through Kinect. Everyone can now use voice commands on an Xbox One with either a headset or Kinect. Most likely the former as Microsoft has nary a mention of the Kinect in the past few years and stopped bundling it with the system years back as well. If you have an Xbox One go to settings and check for your update to experience it all for yourself. If you need a little help here’s a video from Microsoft showing off all the new features. Happy gaming. 

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