Cortana On Xbox One is Coming Through Anniversary Update
Microsoft aims to remove the barriers between PC and Xbox One through its anniversary update, which will arrive this summer. In addition to bringing a series of features to bring Xbox One and PC gaming closer, this update will also introduce Cortana on Xbox One.
The voice commands for Kinect on Xbox One will be replaced by Cortana, and users will not have to use Kinect, as the voice commands will be detected through headset. Users will have to say Hey Cortana instead of Xbox, which will lead to fewer instances of accidental activation.
Senior director of product management and planning at Microsoft, Albert Penello, told in an interview that Cortana is a huge improvement as it will support better natural language support.
For Example if you say “Hey Cortana, I want to play Killer Instinct”, Cortana will search through libraries of games and will show the matching results. You can then tell which game to load.
The currently available voice commands are very specific, and will not perform any kind of action if command is not recognized, however, Cortana will try to perform some kind of function.
Microsoft aims to get the Xbox One users to use Cortana in a gaming capacity. The company went as far as to refer it as “Personal Gaming Assistant”. Using Cortana you will be able to find out what games your friends are playing and perform tasks even if you are in the middle of a game.
More features will be added over time, it will also come with features that are already present in Windows 10 version, like answering general questions and location based features.
Furthermore, Xbox Live app will let you import gameplay footage recorded on Xbox One to PC, you can than edit it and than upload it on the internet. The game collection interface also been reworked in order to make it easier and faster to run you games.
Cortana On Xbox One will be available in U.S., United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain first.