As Microsoft announced at XO18 last weekend, mouse and keyboard support was due to arrive on Xbox One this week. Microsoft has kept their promise, and this week the Xbox One November update has introduced that function, as well as improvements to Xbox Skill, expanded search results, and the introduction of the Amazon Music app.
Mouse and Keyboard SupportAs the picture suggests, mouse and keyboard support has arrived for Fortnite, as well as the previously promised Warframe and War Thunder. While there are no details on how the latter two titles plan to use the functionality, Epic Games will only be matching players together who are using the same input method to make sure the experience stays fair for everyone. Later on in November, mouse and keyboard support will be added for:
At some point in the future, and possibly on day of release for some, these titles will also get support for the feature: Microsoft also confirmed that they will be partnering with Razer to create a "Designed for Xbox" mouse and keyboard with a dedicated Xbox key and support for Xbox Dynamic Lighting. There will be more details on this at CES in January.
Updates to Xbox Skill for Cortana and AlexaMicrosoft launched Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa in the US in October. This month brings along the chance for UK gamers to join in the beta for Alexa with UK English voice recognition. Players will be able to get started using the command "Alexa, open Xbox". In the US, the following improvements are now live:
- Cortana improvements: In the U.S, the Xbox Skill for Cortana becomes easier to use. Cortana will automatically discover and pair your Xbox, so there’s no need to login. Just say “Hey Cortana, pair my Xbox” to any Cortana device (mobile phone or Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker). Try your favorite commands, like “Hey Cortana, start Netflix” or “Hey Cortana, pause my Xbox.” Get started with the latest Cortana on Android or Cortana on iOS app this week.
- New Commands added: In response to fan feedback, we’re adding a few new commands to both the Cortana and Alexa skill. Now, you have the ability to fully close a game or app via “Quit [game or app name]” or use your assistant as a controller with our new navigation mode. This lets you use your voice to hit the “A” button or navigate around your console (e.g. up, down, left, right, A button, B button). Just say “Start navigation mode” or “Press [button name]” to try it out!
New Amazon Music AppConsole owners in the US can now download the Amazon Music app, where players who subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited can stream over 50 million songs, playlists and stations through their Xbox One. Prime members have a smaller selection of music to choose from, but can still make use of the app, which will be available in more countries soon.
Better Search ResultsWhen players are searching for a title on their console, search results will now include those from Xbox Assist, games in your "Ready to Install" list, and games that are included in active Xbox Game Pass and EA Access memberships.
All of these updates began rolling out yesterday, so keep an eye out for a console update if you haven't already received it.
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