Now, Microsoft has revealed that Google Assistant has gained support for the Xbox One. The functionality is available today as a public beta, so do expect a few bugs and a lack of polish as Microsoft and Google iron out the kinks.
The public beta only supports English right now, but the duo say they’re working to support more languages before a wider launch in the fall.
Want to get in on the action? Then you can simply follow the instructions below.
- Join the Google Group at the link with the Google account you intend to use.
- Sign into your Xbox console.
- Open the Google Home app and tap Add > Set up device > Have something already set up? > [beta] Xbox.
- Sign in with the Microsoft account you use on your Xbox console.
- Follow the instructions to link your console and give it a name.
Microsoft says you can issue a variety of commands, ranging from turning on/off the Xbox, to launching apps and games. It’s even possible to take screenshots, record game clips, and issue basic media playback commands (pause, rewind etc).
We gave it a go and it’s pretty easy to set things up, although the console didn’t initially respond to my commands. It’s nothing a reboot couldn’t solve though, and I was then able to turn the console on and off, launch Netflix, and capture screenshots using the power of my voice. Who says you need Kinect, right?