Here’s How You Can Get Cortana Early on Your Xbox One
Microsoft is largely aiming to unify its various operating systems across different devices in multiple ways. One of these ways is with their digital assistant Cortana.
Cortana is already available for Windows 10 and has proved to be fairly useful, but unfortunately, she’s not officially coming to the Xbox One until sometime next year. Notice the word ‘officially.’
Yeah, there’s a workaround, and one clever reddit user figured it out, giving the chance to experience Cortana on Xbox One earlier than expected.
This is of course only going to be possible if you’re running the Xbox One Experience Preview, which has the digital assistant locked away behind some hidden walls. Fortunately, those walls can be broken fairly easily. Here’s how:
- Press the Xbox button twice to bring up the Guide
- Go down and select the Settings
- Hit Left once
- Hit Up Once
- After this, press A two times. If that doesn’t work, press it a few more times
It all sounds way too much like a classic game cheat, which is pretty cool in its own way. Following the above steps should unlock Cortana. You can then bark out commands to her with, “Hey Cortana!”
Note though that this is a super-early build of Cortana for the Xbox One, so don’t expect her to be as responsive or efficient as the variant found in Windows 10. She’s still quite entertaining and fairly useful if you want to know the weather every now and then.