Xbox Avatars Are Back in the October Xbox One Update

Xbox One Update Brings Amazon Alexa Integration, Next-Gen Avatars, Dolby Vision

The October update is available for all Xbox One, One X and One S devices. The October 2018 Xbox Update adds new ways to express yourself with Avatars, interact with your console with Voice Skills, and enjoy your favorite streaming content. They will now appear on players' profiles, activity feed posts, friend blocks on the Home screen, Gamerscore leaderboards, club headers, profile comparisons, and other places. There's also an Avatar Store (unsurprisingly) where you can spend real money to buy different outfits for your Avatar, including licensed designs for the likes of Halo and Gears of War. I browsed through several Xbox One X and Xbox One S listings this morning, and while they mention the Alexa skill, there's no indication of an Echo Dot being part of the package, at least at the time of this writing. Similar to technologies like HDR+, Dolby Vision offers dynamic HDR based on the scene, while standard HDR is the same throughout the movie or TV show that you're watching.

The next major dashboard update for Xbox One is now available. Do you like the new avatars? If you have an Alexa-enabled device, you can use your voice to perform a myriad of tasks on your console. This new function allows you to start and stop broadcasts on Mixer, capture screenshots, launch games, and more all through Cortana and Alexa enabled devices.

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So far, the only new feature that Microsoft announced for the 19H1 update is upcoming support for mouse and keyboard, and this should start rolling out to select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks. Barely two months ago, the two finally launched their much-advertised but also delayed Cortana-Alexa integration. Dolby Vision now only works with Netflix with more apps coming soon. Tell us how this will help all you Xbox One users and if it is a welcome change or not. This is officially labeled as the October firmware update.

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