Xbox's October 2018 Update Rolls Out With New Avatars and More

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You will see your own Avatar on your profile, as well as the profile pages of anyone who has chosen to represent themselves as an Avatars. Whatever the case, many Xbox One bundles already come with free games, like the National Basketball Association 2K19 bundle pictured above, so you're getting multiple freebies as part of this deal. Xbox Avatars never quite caught on like the Nintendo's Mii avatars did, but they were popular enough on Xbox 360 to prompt the team to enhance them for the next generation console.

The October update further introduces an Xbox skill for both Cortana and Alexa, the virtual assistants from Microsoft and Amazon, that allows users to launch games via Cortana and Alexa.

If you prefer your Xbox Original Avatar, that's okay too! Once enabled, you will be able to use your voice to turn on/off your console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, take screenshots, and much more.

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The Alexa integration is quite a big deal as Amazon has been an early leader in the digital assistant space, and for a limited-time consumers in the USA who buy a qualified Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon.com will get a new Amazon Echo Dot along their purchase. To set up Alexa, say, "Alexa, open Xbox". Microsoft is adding Dolby Vision support to the Xbox One, so you will be able to stream Dolby Vision HDR content with your Xbox One, as long as your TV actually supports the latest Dolby Vision tech.

Another highlight of the October 2018 Update is support for Dolby Vision HDR video streaming. Diving into the console's advanced video settings, a single checkbox enables the feature.

The update is now rolling out to Xbox One owners worldwide and includes a number of new features, such as new Xbox Avatars, and support for five new languages within the Narrator tool. Don't have one? Don't even have an Xbox One? Keep in mind the new Xbox Skill is only available for users in the United States, so if you are outside of the U.S., you are only getting the new Xbox Avatars, Dolby Vision streaming, and new langauges for Narrator. We'll have more to share soon on additional features releasing to Xbox One this fall.

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