As of this Thursday (26), owners of Xbox one can use the Google Assistant to give voice commands to the console. Google’s personal assistant came to gamers in public beta for all English speakers and allows you to run games, open an application and take a print, among other functions.
Xbox One already had support for personal assistants Alexa and Cortana – the latter having lost space on the console in recent months as part of a Microsoft strategy to migrate to “cloud-based assistant experiences”. Well, it looks like Google Assistant is part of that.
And how do you test? First, it is necessary to enter a group with the same Google account that you plan to use to control your Xbox One. Then, using the Google Home app for Android or iOS, just add a new device, use the option “Do you already have devices configured?” and look for “[beta] Xbox ”. Then, sign in with your Microsoft account and follow the instructions on the screen.
With Google Assistant set up, you can control your Xbox One via your smartphone or any smart device, such as Google Home speakers. These are some of the commands supported initially:
- “Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, turn on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, turn off Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, pause on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, resume on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.”
- “Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.”
On his blog, Major Nelson says that Google and the Xbox team are working together to expand support for new languages before the release of the final version of Google Assistant for Xbox, which should happen later this year.