The latest Xbox One update adds Google Assistant voice controls
Xbox One’s November update has arrived and it has come with a plethora of surprises. The latest update comes with a bunch of new features and tools designed, as always, to improve your gaming experience. The most crucial update and probably the most notable one is the roll-out of Google Assistant voice controls.
We’ve known this was coming for a while, and after a brief spell in beta, it is now available to all Xbox users. If you’ve got a Google Assistant Home-enabled device, you’ll be able to turn your console on and off, launch games and apps and control videos using your voice, and the usual “Hey, Google…” command.
Apart from the voice controls, the updates include gamertag improvements for console which follows the PC update that saw the addition of 13 worldwide alphabets and a new display option. These are now supported on profiles, friends’ lists, messages, clubs and more. Importantly the current players can enjoy their existing Xbox tag without having to do anything.
Xbox has also rolled out customizable text filters. With these filters you get to decide what’s acceptable and what isn’t in the text-based messages you receive. There are total four filter levels that range from friendly (keep it clean), through medium, mature and unfiltered (where anything goes).
Xbox however has made it clear that players can still report messages that violate community standards, though, regardless of the filter level you choose. Configuring message safety is pretty easy as well. You can configure your message safety by going to Settings > General > Online safety & family > Privacy & online safety > Message safety.
Other update changes include Mixer viewing improvements — you can move Mixer chat around your screen or if you want to then you can hide it altogether. Also there is additional languages support for voice-to-text dictation. It includes Spanish, French, German, Italian, Norweigian, Portuguese, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. More are set to arrive with future updates.
Apart from these major overhauls there are some minor tweaks as well. The Settings menu gets a makeover in aid of simplicity and ease of use. And now there are a number of new console set up improvements which enables gamers who buy a brand new Xbox One from now onwards to have the option to customize their Xbox One’s language, time zone, power settings, and more through the Xbox app for iOS or Android while the Xbox console is installing the latest system update. The upshot? Less time messing around, and more time gaming.