Xbox Insiders get to preview Alexa and Cortana-powered smart speakers.

Dan Safkow

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Alexa and Cortana users can now use their smart assistants to control their Xbox One. So what does that mean? According to …

Amazon is partnering up with Microsoft to launch an Xbox Alexa Skill for the platform, allowing users to utilize existing Alexa-powered smart speakers to control their console.

Microsoft is also bringing Cortana into the mix. If you own a device that uses the assistant you’ll be able to do pretty much the same things you could do with Alexa.

This feature will initially only be available to those who are taking part in Microsoft’s Xbox Insider program, which essentially lets customers get access to in-development features before they launch to the public.

And the XBox site adds …

Wondering what else the Xbox Skill can do? Just say “Ask Xbox what can I say?” to discover more commands for your console.

*Note to Xbox Insiders: We will be rolling the Xbox Skill out to Xbox Insider rings gradually. If the Digital Assistant setting is visible on your console in Settings -> Devices, then you are currently eligible to test the Xbox Skill. If it doesn’t appear, then please be patient as we are working quickly to add more Insider rings to the beta


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