Xbox's October 2018 Update Rolls Out With New Avatars and More

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It might be over a year since it was announced, and much later than anticipated, but these avatars are much more detailed and flexible than before, giving a huge boost to the system's inclusivity and diversity.

The Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa is now available in the USA, allowing you to use your voice to navigate and interact with Xbox (either through Cortana devices or Alexa devices). 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. The company is introducing some major new features with the latest major update for the Xbox One system, launching much-awaited features like the next-gen Avatars.

In the United States, anyone purchasing an Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at will also include a new Amazon Echo Dot, while supplies last.

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

The new update should be available now through your console, although your device will eventually update automatically. With the Xbox Skill, people can 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. Right now, only Netflix premium users will be able to make use of Dolby Vision HDR streaming on their Xbox One as Microsoft works with other apps to expand its Dolby Vision support in the future.

You can take a quick look at the new avatars and the Dolby Vision option in the gallery below. The new Xbox Avatar Editor also enables you to compare and choose which version of the Xbox Avatar best represents how you want to be seen on Xbox Live. Now it's bringing a part of that to the Xbox One. Diving into the console's advanced video settings, a single checkbox enables the feature.

"Avatars will appear across your Xbox One".

Finally, the new languages for Narrator have also released with the update.