Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
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Xbox One's October Update Rolls Out With Long Awaited Avatars Overhaul

Xbox One's October Update Rolls Out With Long Awaited Avatars Overhaul

After months of testing, Microsoft is releasing the October update for the Xbox One family of gaming consoles today. The new Xbox Avatars support a range of different body types, with clothing created to fit them all.

Beyond that, a big new feature is the Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa, allowing for interoperability between the two.

You can power on/off the console, adjust volume, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts, capture screenshots, and more.

Additionally, in the coming days, those in the USA who purchase a qualifying Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle through Amazon will also get a new Amazon Echo Dot while supplies last. As for the new Xbox Avatars, you can use them as you would your old Avatar, using Photobooth for a new Gamerpic and so on. And if you don't like the new Xbox Avatar, Microsoft will let you get back your original Xbox Avatar by simply switching to the Xbox Original Avatar through the Xbox Avatar Editor.

Microsoft is adding five additional languages to Narrator on Xbox One, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. Microsoft designed its new Avatars to be more inclusive, and there's a built-in Avatar Store where you can purchase new Avatar items. Finally, users can also customize each element of their Avatars, including skin, hair, clothes and accessories, with more than 16 million colors available. For now, Dolby Vision HDR support is tied to Netflix's library of compatible content, via the dedicated console app. Whatever the case, many Xbox One bundles already come with free games, like the National Basketball Association 2K19 bundle pictured above, so you're getting multiple freebies as part of this deal. Then, go to Display and sound Video output Video modes Allow Dolby Vision. "We're also adding an Australian version of English language for Narrator, so Australian users will no longer have to select USA or U.K. English to use Narrator", the Xbox team explained today. If you need more assistance setting up the feature or want more information on supported TVs, check out this blog post. It should download automatically the next time you start up your system.

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