Found yourself running down the Google Assistant route over the Alexa competition? Been sitting back with a jealous eye as your friends can utilise voice controls to work your Xbox One? Miss Kinect? You’re sorted from today as Microsoft have now provided Google Assistant support for Xbox One.
Having previously lumped all in with Kinect, and then found ditching the voice controlled options when it was decided they were well ahead of time, those Xbox One owners who have still preferred to utilise the magic of the future would have had to do so via an Alexa enabled device. But as we all know, there are format wars all over town, and in the world of voice assistants, Google are a big player – and so it comes as no surprise to see us Xbox owners now able to call out to Google in order to get things done.
The Google Assistant Xbox action is now in beta form and available for all Xbox owners in the English speaking world. And this means that you can interact with your console like never before – well, at least since the demise of Kinect – to use your voice in order to turn your console on and off, play games, pause videos and much more.
All you’ll need is the Google Assistant App n either iOS or Android.
From there, the following info will sort you out.
Here’s how to get started with the beta:
- Join the Google Group with the Google Account you intend to use
2. Sign into your Xbox
3. In the Google Home app for iOS or Android:
- Tap “+ Add”
- Tap “Set up device”
- Tap “Have something already set up?”
- Search for and select “[beta] Xbox”
- Sign in with the Microsoft account you use on Xbox
5. Follow the instructions to link your Xbox and give it a device name
A full list of instructions and commands can be discovered over on the Xbox Insider subreddit. Make sure you check it out and give it a whirl. Let us know what you think too!
Not an English speaker? You’ll find Google and Xbox are currently working together to provide additional language support later this year.
Thank you to MajorNelson for the info.