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Microsoft announces Google Assistant now works on Xbox

You can now say 'Hey Google' to your Xbox console and do a bunch of voice-related tasks

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 26, 2019 10:29 pm CDT - 1 min, 29 secs reading time

Microsoft has teamed with Google to bring Google Assistant to the Xbox family of consoles, so now you can just sit on your couch and yell 'Hey Google' to get things done on your console.


You can now use Google Assistant to turn your Xbox on and off, start up an app or resume paused games, as well as take screenshots. It's virtually identical to the Xbox skill available for Alexa, but now it's all-Google baby.

Funnily enough, Microsoft supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant -- culling Cortana from the Xbox in its last update. Microsoft itself explained that it was "moving away from on-console experiences to cloud-based assistant experiences".

If you want to get in on the Google Assistant fun with your Xbox, this is what you'll need to do:

  • Join the Google Group with the Google Account you intend to use
  • Sign into your Xbox
  • 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
  • Follow the instructions to link your Xbox and give it a device name

What can you do with your Xbox One controlling it with Google Assistant commands? Well, thanks to the /r/XboxInsiders sub-reddit, we know what you can do... here's a list so far:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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