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July 2019 Xbox Update Sees Alexa Come to ANZ Consoles

July 2019 Xbox Update

Xbox has added new features for its July 2019 Xbox Update, which has begun rolling out today.

The update includes a new way to interact with Xbox Game Pass, additional countries for the Xbox Skill for Alexa, and new Xbox Skill for Alexa voice commands.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new:

New features for Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass offers a curated library of over 100 high-quality games on PC and console, available to download and play for one low-monthly price. Today, Xbox has announced a new way to manage your Xbox Game Pass collection.

Play later

Play later enables you to make a list of games from the Xbox Game Pass catalogue for you to come back to at your own time, making it even easier to find your next game. Manage your collection from your Xbox console or the Game Pass mobile app and download your games when you’re ready.

Xbox Skill for Alexa – More countries and new voice commands

Xbox has expanded voice control support by introducing the Xbox Skill for Alexa, which enables you to navigate and interact with Xbox One using voice commands through your Alexa-enabled devices. Through the new update, Xbox is adding more supported countries and new Alexa voice commands to see what’s happening on Xbox Game Pass and check in with your Xbox Live friends.

More countries

Xbox is adding support for customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Click here to learn how to set up the Xbox Skill for Alexa.

New Alexa voice commands for Xbox Game Pass and more

Have you always wanted to be able to use your voice to find out the latest games in Xbox Game Pass? The July 2019 Xbox Update introduces the ability to find out what’s new to Xbox Game Pass, what the popular games are, what’s leaving the catalogue, and more; simply by asking Alexa.

Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what’s new on Game Pass?”

Want to stay up-to-date with what your friends are doing on Xbox? You can ask Alexa who’s online, what your friends are playing, and more.

Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what are my friends playing?”

Finally, you are now able to start pairing your controller with your Xbox from the convenience of your couch.

Just say, “Alexa, ask Xbox to pair my controller.” to put your console into pairing mode!

For a full list of what you can say, check out this link.

These updates are based on feedback from Xbox Insiders who have helped to shape these features.

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