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Amazon Alexa app for Xbox

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Microsoft has slowly opened up the Xbox platform to non-Cortana home automation voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but now Amazon is taking it a step further. Now, an Alexa app for Xbox is set to roll out “in the next few days” – you can see it in the Microsoft Store here, but it’s not yet available for download.


While you have already been able to use Alexa to control certain Xbox features, installing the app will apparently activate visual features that will appear on your TV and add a few more interactions. Once available, the app should work on Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S consoles. There’s a caveat – in this Kinect-free future we live in, you’ll need an Amazon Echo or another nearby compatible Alexa device to actually receive commands and relay them to your linked Xbox.

Here are some of the voice commands that work on Alexa for Xbox:

  • Turn your console on or off – “Alexa, turn Xbox on / off”

  • Launch your favorite game – “Alexa, launch Fortnite on Xbox”

  • Search for new games – “Alexa, what’s new on Game Pass”

  • Upgrade to a Frenzy Series – “Alexa, open Netflix on Xbox”

  • If you need to pause your show or movie – “Alexa, tell Xbox to pause / resume”

  • Don’t miss a moment – “Alexa, tell Xbox to record this”

  • Invite your friends – “Alexa, ask Xbox is [friend/gamertag] online?”

And here are the controls that Amazon says will display items in the Xbox UI on your TV:

  • Enter your zone – “Alexa, play on Xbox “

  • When the doorbell rings – “Alexa, show me the front door camera”

  • Are you expecting an important email? – “Alexa, show me my email”

  • Plan your week – “Alexa, show me my calendar”

  • What’s the weather like? – “Alexa, show me the weather”

Doorbell camera on Xbox via Alexa
Just ask “Alexa, show me the front door camera” and it will display the stream on your Xbox / TV.



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