Xbox One can now be controlled via the Google Assistant

Shawn Knight

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The Google Assistant is now available on Microsoft’s Xbox One… well, sort of.

The new Xbox Action for the Google Assistant is out today in beta for English-speaking customers. With it, you’ll be able to turn the system on and off, launch games and apps, manage video playback and more simply via voice commands.

Of course, you’re not really installing the Google Assistant on the console but rather, simply using it to receive commands from other devices that run Google’s voice assistant.

As The Verge clarifies, you’ll need to link your Xbox to the Assistant app on your Android or iOS device or pair it with something like Google Home to accomplish this. Microsoft outlines the necessary steps you’ll need to take to get started with the beta over on Major Nelson’s website. There’s also a full list of commands – surprisingly, there aren’t really all that many – over on the Xbox Insiders subreddit.

Pro tip - if you’re having trouble, be sure to enable the Digital Assistants setting on your console.

This isn’t the first voice assistant to find its way to the Xbox One. Last year, Microsoft rolled out the ability to control its console with voice commands via Alexa and Cortana.

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I don't want a digital assistant linked to my Xbox. Hell, I don't have use for a digital assistant now. Have a Google home speaker that I plugged in for about a week and once the novelty wore off for the kids, disconnected it from the network and just use it as an alarm clock and Bluetooth speaker. It came as a "free gift" with another item I purchased. Maybe a few years from now if these become more useful and accurate, I may consider using one, but right now they all really seem like a useless gimmick, or an alpha release at best.
Also, it sounds like Alexa is a narc anyway and ain't nobody got time for that.