Xbox One buries Cortana with Google Assistant support

While Cortana was once Master Chief’s indispensable AI assistant, it seems her days in our homes are done, dead, and buried as Microsoft sets to work integrating Google Assistant functionality into its Xbox One gaming console.

Microsoft announced today that we’ll soon be able to control our Xbox One consoles from our Google Assistants. The feature is in beta right now, but will likely go public this year.

Xbox One Google Assistant

You don’t need to dig your Kinect out of the basement to use it, though. Instead, we’ll be able to do things like launch games, pause them, and take screenshots by talking to Assistant-enabled devices. That includes Android and iOS devices as well as Google Home-enabled speakers.

To enable the functionality, you’ll enable the Xbox through the Google Home app like any other Google Home device. Microsoft has posted a full list of available commands, as well as instructions for getting in on the beta, over on Reddit. The Xbox already works with Amazon Alexa skills, too, meaning that just about everyone but Siri can get in on the Xbox goodness right now.

This feels like part of Microsoft’s newfound philosophy of letting people play games how they like and use the services they prefer. You can use a mouse and keyboard with some Xbox games, use the voice operator of your own choosing, and play games with some seriously-customizable controls.

Of course, Microsoft isn’t turning off or removing Cortana if you’re one of the five people who still has your Kinect plugged in. Hi, all four of you! The option to use these familiar assistants is appealing, though, and something we’d love to see make the jump to PlayStation.

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With the lastest Xbox One update, Cortana has been discontinued…

Jordan
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You know, the fact that I’m, on a daily basis, HD video chatting with my family on the TV using *deprecated tech* (my Kinect) which is also a photon-timing based motion capture device, *neither* of which are technologies currently available on the market, really adds to the whole “looming dark age” vibe that this era has. Seriously, since when is *old* tech the most futuristic thing you can own?

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Robert Lithgow

Wrong… My Xbox One just popped up a screen stating that “Cortana is no longer supported on Xbox.” I still have and use a kinnect device, and I paid good money for it.

Sweatshopking
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sadly, my kinect is acting up. My xbox one exists only for my daughter to play just dance, and now it no longer can. Idk what i’ll do with it, but purchasing a replacement kinect is bonkers since they’re the cost of a new xbox.

Colton Westrate
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FWIW, Cortana works great on Alexa devices. I use her to get a second opinion on Alexa’s weather forecasts all the time.

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chuckula

Friends, Romans, Paid-shills, lend me your browsers.
I come here to cancel Cortana, not to praise her.
The evil that bots do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bits;
So let it be with Cortana.

Krogoth
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Krogoth

It is getting cold in here…..

What’s next? Siri replacing Cortana for Windows 10?

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You can already use Alexa in Windows 10 if you want to so Google Assistant integration isn’t too far fetched.

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